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Peter S. Bearman

Professor
Sociology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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B.A., Brown University, 1978
M.A., Harvard University, 1982
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1985

General research interests

My work cuts across a number of subdisciplines within sociology, from historical sociology, collective action, social networks, and social theory to problems in population.

Add Health research interests and projects

I designed Add Health with Dr. Udry. My current research arising from Add Health focuses on the determinants of adolescent health, with special focus on the role of schools, peers, and romantic partnerships. I am currently working on how school context shapes adolescent health and health risk behaviors, on how the structure of romantic and sexual networks shapes STD risks for adolescents, the effect of virginity pledges on the transition to first intercourse, foregone health care, peer influence, and adolescent smoking.