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ERIC Number: EJ790389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
Divorce and Union Dissolution: Reverberations over Three Generations
Connidis, Ingrid Arnet
Canadian Journal on Aging, v22 n4 p353-368 Win 2003
High divorce rates over the past 40 years have affected multiple generations and have long-term consequences for family relationships. This article applies a life course perspective as it explores the reverberation of relationship dissolution beyond the nuclear family. Qualitative data from a study involving 86 adults from 10 three-generation families illustrate the extensive reach of divorce across time and generations. An intensive analysis of two families reveals six key areas of negotiation following divorce: relationship dissolution itself; balancing work and family obligations; in-law ties; parent-child ties; sibling ties; and intimate relationships. Multiple voices from three generations demonstrate the complexity of family relationships over time and the reverberation of individual life course transitions throughout family networks. Applying the concept of ambivalence highlights variations among social groups in the ongoing renegotiation of relationships and situations that follows the dissolution of long-term unions. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada