ERIC Number: ED252748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-15
Stressful and Satisfying Links between Young-Adult Daughters, Their Parents and Society.
Watts, Janine A.
The interpersonal linkages between adult children, their parents, and society are complex. In order to measure the levels of stress and satisfaction present in the relationship of young-adult daughters and their mothers, the Parent-Adult Child Relationships Inventory was administered to 163 mother-daughter pairs. The daughters were 18 to 25 years old and students at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Moderator variables examined included age, age difference, birth order, education, residence, financial support, marital status, and stepparents. The results indicated that factors contributing to variance in stress were the child's lifestyle values and the parents' lifestyle and expectations. Enjoyment from activities done together and pleasure in the child's accomplishments were factors contributing to variance in satisfaction. Daughters reported significantly different levels of stress and satisfaction from what their mothers reported. The evidence indicates that normative family stress occurs at several internal levels during the daughters' young adult years. Stress appeared to be associated with the boundaries and linkages of the family value system. Satisfaction was associated with elements of family solidarity and family strengths. Potential sources of stress and satisfaction for both generations can be addressed in appropriate societal systems. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (St. Paul, MN, October 11-15, 1983).