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ERIC Number: ED158172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Personal Transformations in the Post-Parental Period: A Cross-Cultural View.
Gutmann, David
Using a transcultural perspective this model of the post-parental years assumes a "parental imperative" perspective of the entire life cycle and, thus, analyzes the post-parental years in relation to the pre-parental and parental years. Through this perspective, young parents recognize needs of infants for security, and select those sex-role assignments responding to infant needs. But as parents enter middle-age, the sense of "parental emergency" phases out, the rationale lessens for maintaining repression of sensual and dependent strivings (men) or aggressive strivings (women), and there takes place a transcultural "return of the repressed" wherein both sexes can live out the potentials they abandoned earlier in the task of parenting. While there is a heightened assertion of the right of both parents to be androgynous, this post-parental crisis of narcissism need not become pathological. Rather, it offers the potential to bring about revitalization of the self. (Author/CKJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Parenting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington, D.C., February, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility