University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences


Joel Anthony Muraco, PhD

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
Degrees: 
PhD, MS, & BS in Family Studies and Human Development and BAs in English & Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.
Hometown: 
Tucson, AZ
 
Primary research areas of interest:
 
  • Romantic relationships for young adult sexual minorities: Using concepts from minority stress to examine how heteronormativity influences the romantic relationships of gay and lesbian young adults.

  • Marital Meaning for young adults: Using symbolic interactionism and mixed method approaches to examine how young adults define marriage and how these definitions influence decisions regarding the qualities they look for in potential martial partners as well as reasons why they are increasingly delaying marriage. 

  • Qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches to data collection and analysis. 

Secondary research areas of interest:

  • School safety for sexual minority youth: Examining how the school and community environment influences sexual minority students' feelings of safety at school. 
     
  • Alcohol and financial behaviors of young adults: Examining how alcohol and financial behaviors change over time and are influenced by one another. 

Minor: 
FCS Thematic Minor in Romantic Relationship Theories, Methods, & Statistics
Recent Accomplishments: 
 
 
Journal Articles, Published
 
Muraco, J. A. & Curran, M. A. (2012). Associations between marital meaning and reasons to delay marriage for young adults in romantic relationships. Marriage & Family Review, 48(3), 227-247.
 
Curran, M. A., Utley, E. A., & Muraco, J. A. (2010)An exploratory study of the meaning of marriage for African Americans. Marriage & Family Review, 46(5), 346-365.
 
 
Journal Articles, In Preparation
 
Muraco, J. A., Russell, S. T., Curran, M. A., and Butler, E. A. (In Preparation). Daily public displays of affection, relationship satisfaction, and minority stress for same-sex couples. [Completed Dissertation]
 
Muraco, J. A., Russell, S. T., Curran, M. A., and Butler, E. A. (In Preparation). Daily examination of minority stress on physical health and well-being for same-sex couples. [Completed Dissertation]
 
Muraco, J. A., Totenhagen, C. J., & Curran, M. A. (In Preparation). A dyadic approach to liking and doing the same things: Daily joint activities, preferences, and relationship satisfaction.
 
Serido, J., Pollitt, A. M., Muraco, J. A., Russell, S. T., & Conger, K. J. (In Preparation). Financial stress and alcohol behaviors during young adulthood: Does an account with the bank of mom and dad help or hurt? Manuscript to be submitted to the Journal of Marriage and Family.
 
 
Book Chapters
 
Russell, S. T. & Muraco, J. A. (2013). The use of national datasets to study LGBT-parent families: Challenges, advantages, and opportunities. In A. E. Goldbert & K. R. Allen (Eds.), LGBT-Parent Families: Possibilities for New Research and Implications for Practice. Springer.
 
Russell, S. T., Van Campen, K. S., & Muraco, J. A. (2012). Sexuality development in adolescence. In J. DeLamater & L. Carpenter (Eds.), Sex for Life: From Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout Our Lives. New York University Press.
 
Russell, S. T., Watson, R. J., & Muraco, J. A. (2011). The development of same-sex intimate relationships during adolescence. In B. Laursen & A. W. Collins (Eds.), Relationships Pathways: From Adolescence to Young Adulthood. Sage Press.
 
 
Outreach Publications
 
Muraco, J. A.  (2013). LGBT adolescents and dating violence. (Wingspan). Tucson, AZ.
 
Muraco, J. A. & Koerner, S. S. (2013). How caregiving impacts the caregiver: Influences in the caregiving of elderly family members. (Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families ResearchLink, Vol. 5, No. 1). Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona.
 

Muraco, J. A. & Raison, C. L. (2012). Compassion training as a pathway to lifelong health and wellbeing (Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families ResearchLink, Vol. 4, No. 3). Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona.  

Muraco, J. A. & Russell, S. T. (2012). How school bullying impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young adults. (Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families ResearchLink, Vol. 4, No. 1). Tucson, AZ; The University of Arizona.

Van Campen, K. S., Muraco, J. A., & Curran, M. A. (2011). What do relationships of expectant cohabitors look like? (Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families ResearchLink, Vol. 3, No. 1). Tucson, AZ; The University of Arizona.
 
 
Scholarly Presentations
 
Muraco, J. A., Russell, S. T., Curran, M. A., & Butler, E. A. (November, 2014). Minority Stress and Public Displays of Affection in Gay and Lesbian Couples. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Baltimore, MD. 
 
Pollitt, A. M., Muraco, J. A., Chan, S. Y. S., Reeb, B. T., Waechter-McMillan, M., Hollis, N. D., Conger, K. J., Russell, S. T., & Serido, J. (November, 2014). Family and finance: Important context in understanding alcohol use in emerging adults. Poster to be presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Baltimore, MD. 
 
Muraco, J. A., Totenhagen, C. J., & Curran, M. A. (November, 2013). Liking and doing the same things: Joint activities, preferences, and relationship satisfaction. Poster symposium presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX.
 
Muraco, J. A., Russell, S. T., Curran, M. A., & Li, G. (November, 2013). Conceptual matters: An examination of sexual orientation conceptualized four ways. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX. 
 
Muraco, J. A., Russell, S. T., & Curran, M. A. (November, 2012). How past relationships influence LGB young adult’s relationship quality. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ.
 
Russell, S. T., & Muraco, J. A. (November, 2011). The use of representative datasets to study LGBT-parent families. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.
 
Russell, S. T., Muraco, J. A., & Curran, M. A. (October, 2011). The affect of same-sex marriage discussion at school on school safety as associated with frequency and supportiveness of discussion, sexual orientation, and current ballot initiatives. Poster presented at the International Association for Relationship Research Mini-Conference, Tucson, AZ.
 
Muraco, J. A. & Curran, M. A. (November, 2009). Marital meaning and reasons for lack of marriage. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, San Francisco, CA.
 
 
 
 
 


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