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Maxine Thompson

Unpaid Emeritus

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

1911 Bldg 315

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Research Publications

  • Thompson, Maxine. 2007. “Violence and the Costs of Caring for Family Member with Severe Mental Illness.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 48:318-333.
  • Thompson, Maxine, Melvin Thomas and Rachel Head*. 2012. “Race, Socioeconomic Status, Self Esteem: The Impact of Religiosity.” Sociological Spectrum 32(5): 385-405.
  • Thompson, Maxine and V. Keith. 2001. “The Blacker the Berry: Gender Differences in Skin Tone Effects and Self Esteem and Self Efficacy.” Gender & Society 15(3):336-357.
  • Thompson, Maxine, Doris Entwisle, and Karl Alexander.  1992. “The Influence of Family Composition on Children’s conformity to the Student Role.” American Educational Research Journal 29(2): 405-424.
  • Alexander, Karl, D.R. Entwisle and M.S. Thompson. 1987. “School Performance, Status Relations, and the Structure of Sentiment: Bringing the Teacher Back In.” American Sociological Review 52(5):665-682.


Ph.D. Sociology University of Wisconsin

M.A. Sociology Memphis State University

B.A. Sociology Memphis State University

Area(s) of Expertise

Mental Health: Caregivers of Person with Severe Persistent Mental Illness; Social Inequality: Race and Gender; Aging (focusing on relationship between aged persons and their adult children); Social Psychology: Coping, Self-esteem, Self-Efficacy