ERIC Number: ED211913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-28
Reference Count: 0
The Older Generation: What Is Due, What Is Owed.
Intergenerational conflict has always existed, but it is increasing as life spans increase. Generations of older adult children now coexist with a sizable older parental generation. The major task of coping with intergenerational conflict involves four major tension areas: (1) distance and closeness; (2) submission and dominance; (3) connectedness and separateness; and (4) openness and privacy. Experience also indicates that intergenerational conflict is essential for a healthy discharge of normal tensions that exist among family members. Opportunities should be available for ventilation, expression and handling of conflict. To facilitate family functioning, new skills need to be learned in negotiating tensions, and releasing new energies of love and affection to be shared by all members of three or four generations. New modes of socialization should be found to enhance intergenerational relationships. (KMF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intergenerational Conflict
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).