ERIC Number: ED214076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Multigenerational Perspective on the Task Field of Parents.
Seltzer, Vivian C.
This paper introduces a structural model of multigenerational relationships including the adolescent-parent relationship. The model, which perceives generational role relationships as falling within a five dimensional span includes the following: (1) intra (within the same generation); (2) direct (one generation distant); (3) bi (two generations distant); (4) tri (three generations distant); and (5) combined (role relationships involving members of several generations). These dimensions are then conceptualized as existing within parallel orbits, within generational cohorts, or within hierarchical orbits, with individuals of different generations. Orbits and orbital relationships are described along with an example of orbits of role functioning within an extended nuclear family model in the movements of one individual. Role conflicts are discussed and coping strategies are explored. The Adolescent-Parent Relevance Model is introduced briefly to illustrate the connection between clarity of orbit and a corresponding clarity of appropriate role and function. The need for flexibility in this model of relative role postures is emphasized. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Multigenerational Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).