ERIC Number: ED330968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Coping with the Dissolution of an Adult Child's Marriage.
Hamon, Raeann R.; Thiessen, Jake D.
This study examined the coping strategies implemented by older parents in their attempt to manage the pain and demanded changes which usually accompany the dissolution of family relationships. Fifty-two parents, ranging in age from 54 to 87 years participated in focus groups and personal interviews. A number of psychological and social resources were used by older parents in their attempt to minimize the discomforts engendered by an offspring's divorce. Many parents were able to relinquish a sense of personal responsibility for their child's divorce and maintain a sense of self-esteem, knowing that they did the best job that they knew how as a parent. Flexibility was also a personality trait that seemed to enhance one's ability to cope. Social support provided by spouses, friends, colleagues, and relatives proved essential for several parents. Parents incorporated a number of coping responses. Many engaged in cognitions which aided them in understanding and making sense of the situation. When children were perceived to be doing well with their new marital statuses, parents frequently described themselves as being better adjusted. Activities such as reading, working and exercising were also part of the individual coping repertoires of many parents. This research emphasized the importance of assessing the entire family situation when trying to understand an aged parent's response and level of adjustment to the divorce of offspring. (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (52nd, Seattle, WA, November 9-14, 1990).