ERIC Number: ED359472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Parents as Resources When Adult Children Divorce.
Hamon, Raeann R.; Elliott, Jennifer
Although a vast proportion of the literature within the last decade has been devoted to the role of adult children in caring for aging parents, family specialists need to acknowledge how older parents continue to function as family resources to their adult children, especially when these children are coping with major life problems. A study was conducted to explore how aging parents serve as resources for their adult children when children experience dissolution of their marriages. Fifty-two parents, ranging from 54 to 87 years of age, were asked to describe their experience of their adult children's divorces and to reflect upon ways in which they were helpful to their children during this life transition. Taxonomical analyses of the qualitative data were conducted. Results suggest that virtually all of the parents aided their children in one way or another. Although advice was provided sparingly and with some trepidation, emotional support was freely given. Frequently cited modes of instrumental assistance included provision of financial support for basic needs, attorney fees, or mortgage payments; housing; and childcare. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (54th, Orlando, FL, November 5-10, 1992).