His research interests focus on child and adolescent development in the contexts of family and culture including academic achievement, self-concept, self-efficacy, as well as internalizing and externalizing issues. In doing so, King addresses the questions of students who don't know where to turn for practical guidance on how to navigate ever-shifting campus cultures, reconciling their faith with their relationships. Previous research areas have included public health issues in populations of Mexican-American youth as well as influences on the life plans of low-income, rural youth from Appalachian areas of the U. Peterson is Editor or Co-Editor of books on fatherhood, cross-national parent-child relations, and family theory. Some see a hookup as just a casual encounter, where others see it as a gateway to a relationship. His areas of research and scholarly expertise are adolescent development within the context of families, parent-child relationships, and family theory. There is no straightforward relationship between orthodoxy and hookup culture--some of the schools with the weakest Catholic identities also have weaker hookup cultures. In Faith with Benefits, King shows the complex way these dynamics play out at Catholic colleges and universities. The Lives and Careers of Family Scholars. Faith with Benefits gives voice to students, revealing how their faith, the faith of their friends, and the institutional structures of their campus give rise to different hookup cultures. Indeed, despite the fact that most students on Catholic campuses report being unhappy with casual sexual encounters, most studies have found no difference between Catholic colleges and their secular counterparts when it comes to hooking up. And not all students define the culture in the same way. Drawing on a survey of over students from 26 institutions, as well as in-depth interviews, Jason King argues that religious culture on Catholic campuses can, in fact, have an impact on the school's hookup culture, but when it comes to how that relationship works: Peterson has been a guest editor for special issues of several research journals and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council on Family Relations. Bush also has contributed several chapters to edited collections on such topics as adaptation among immigrant families, family influences on childhood development, parenting and adolescents, family relationships and gender roles in Appalachia, as well as gender and the parent-child relationship. He is a co-editor of the Handbook of Marriage and the Family 2nd Ed.