Esra Ascigil

LIFE Michigan

LIFE Fellow since 2020, University of Michigan

UM Fellow Speaker

I am a doctoral candidate in Personality and Social Contexts Psychology at UM, and I work with Robin Edelstein and Amie Gordon. I am broadly interested in studying romantic relationships within stressful contexts. My primary research aim is to understand how people can have better relationship quality, health, and well-being throughout stressful experiences. In one line of research, I examine how relationship dynamics change during stressful times (e.g., changes in division of labor during the transition to parenthood and the shelter-in-place order), and how these changes may impact relationship quality and well-being. In a second line of research, I try to understand which couples have better relationship quality, health, and well-being by examining personality and support provision. I am a Fulbright Scholar representing Turkey as part of their 2016/17 cohort.

Selected Publications

Ascigil, E., Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., Edelstein, R. S. (2021). Division of baby care in heterosexual and lesbian couples: Expectations versus reality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 83(2), 584–594.

Ascigil, E., Selcuk, E., Gunaydin, G., & Ong, A. (2020). Integrating models of marital functioning to understand the mental health consequences of the Great Recession. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37(7), 2118–2135.

Uysal, A., Aykutoglu, B., & Ascigil, E. (2020). Basic psychological need frustration and health: Prospective associations with sleep quality and cholesterol. Motivation and Emotion, 44, 209–225.

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