Professor of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies
About Scott Hall
Scott’s academic background is in the field of family studies. He teaches courses primarily related to marriage and family relationships and enjoys the opportunity to facilitate learning that can have both professional and personal application. The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) occupies some of his attention as he strives to be an effective teacher and to share the insight he gains through his SoTL efforts. Scott formed a campus knowledge group (SoTL Collaboration Initiative) that is designed to foster cross-campus collaborations on SoTL projects.
Scott has published a series of studies related to connections among a young adults’ family and romantic experiences, their beliefs and attitudes related to marriage, and their intentions regarding marriage and family. He has developed and expanded multiple theoretical perspectives related to marital beliefs. He also studies the transition to marriage (including cohabitation) and early marital adjustment. Family stress and trauma and work-family interface issues are also of interest. Scott published a 2024 edition of a textbook on family stress. Scott is particularly motivated to make connections between his scholarship and the local community, and is working to build collaborations among faculty and community partners to ultimately benefit struggling families and advance knowledge about effective family engagement.
2003 – Present: Faculty at Ball State University
During his time at Ball State University, Scott has held various positions within his department, including chair, assistant/associate chair, and graduate program coordinator. Scott was promoted to the rank of professor in 2015.
2015 – Present: Editor, Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences
Ph.D., Child Development and Family Studies
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S., Family Science
Brigham Young University (Provo)
Sample Research and Publications
Hall, S. S., & Knox, D. (In Press). Complex marital paradigms: Divergence between the importance of getting and being married. Families, Relationships and Society.
Shahi, H., Hall, S. S., Amraei, K., Ghasemi, A., Karami, J., & Sadeghi, S. (In Press). Do personality and attachment predict marital beliefs? Investigating young adults in Iran. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Hall, S. S., & Knox, D. (2022). Not just about sex: Relationship experiences, beliefs, and intentions associated with asexuality. Sexuality & Culture, 26, 2274-2287. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-022-09997-z
Davarinejad, O., Ghasemi, A., Hall, S., Meyers, L., Shirzadifar, M…. (2022). Give yourself a break: Self-compassion mediates insecure attachment and divorce maladjustment among Iranian women. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39, 2340–2365. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075221077971
Hall, S. S. (2022). The double ABCM model of marital satisfaction. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 14, 175-190. http://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12431
Hall, S. S., Chang, J. & Knox, D. (2021). Out of the shadow and into the light: New data comparing asexual and sexual undergraduates. Journal of Positive Sexuality, 7, 63-77. https://doi.org/10.51681/1.722
Hall, S. S., & Zygmunt, E. (2021). “I hate it here.” Mental health changes of college students living with parents during the COVID-19 quarantine. Emerging Adulthood, 9, 449-461. https://doi.org/10.1177/21676968211000494
Hall, S. S., & Zygmunt, E. (2021). Dislocated college students and the pandemic: Back home under extraordinary circumstances. Family Relations, 70, 689-704. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12544
Hall, S. S., & Lee, K-H. (2021). Marital attitudes and implicit associations tests (IAT) among young adults. Journal of Family Issues, 42, 1443-1465. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X20949899
Hall, S. S., Fox*, K. M., Knox, D., & Kuck, D. (2020). Young adults’ relationship beliefs and sexual behavior: The intersection of religion, race, and sexual identity. Sexuality & Culture, 24, 1443–1456. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-019-09700-9
Hall, S. S., & Adams, R. A. (2020). “Not just me anymore.” A qualitative study of transitioning to marriage after cohabitation. Journal of Family Issues, 41, 2275-2296. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X20943915
Hall, S. S., & Willoughby, B. J. (2019). Relative work and family role centralities: Predicting changes in marriage and family beliefs. Marriage and Family Review, 55, 667-685. https://doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2019.1589617
Hall, S. S., & Knox, D. (2019). Perceived relationship power in emerging adults’ romantic relationships. Journal of Family Studies, 4, 385-396. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13229400.2016.1269660
Carter*, K. R., Knox, D., Hall, S. S. (2018). Romantic breakups: Difficult loss for some but not for others. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 23, 698-714. doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2018.1502523
Hall, S. S., & Willoughby, B. J. (2018). Opposite-sex siblings and marital beliefs among emerging adults. Journal of Adult Development, 25, 61-67. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10804-017-9275-8
Walls, J. K., & Hall, S. S. (2018). A focus group study of African American students’ experiences with classroom discussions about race at a predominantly White university. Teaching in Higher Education, 23, 47-62. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2017.1359158
Hall, S. S., & Knox, D. & Shapiro*, K. (2017). “I have,” “I would,” “I won’t”: Hooking up among sexually diverse groups of college students. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4, 233-240. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/sgd0000223
Hall, S. S. & Walls, J. K. (2016). Exploring family-oriented markers of adulthood: Political and personal variations among groups of emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood, 4, 192-199. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1177/2167696815579827
Hall, S. S., & Willoughby, B. J. (2016). Relative work and family role centralities: Beliefs and behaviors related to the transition to adulthood. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37, 75-88. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10834-014-9436-x
Hall, S. S. (2015). Working models of marriage: An application of attachment theory. Marriage and Family Review, 51, 713-729. https://doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2015.1068252
Willoughby, B. J., Hall, S. S., & Goff*, S. (2015). Marriage matters but how much? Marital centrality among young adults. The Journal of Psychology, 149, 796-817. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223980.2014.979128
Willoughby, B. J., Hall, S. S., & Luczak*, H. P. (2015). Marital paradigms: A conceptual framework for marital attitudes, values, and beliefs. Journal of Family Issues, 36, 188-211. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X13487677