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ERIC Number: EJ899738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Just the Two of Us? How Parents Influence Adult Children's Marital Quality
Reczek, Corinne; Liu, Hui; Umberson, Debra
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n5 p1205-1219 Oct 2010
We work from a life-course perspective to explore how relationships with parents affect adult children's marital quality. We further ask whether the effects of parents on adult children's marital quality depend on the adult child's gender, age, marital duration, and childhood family experiences. Growth-curve analysis of national, longitudinal data (Americans' Changing Lives) indicated that relationships with fathers (n = 336) and mothers (n = 520) differentially affected the marital quality of adult children over time. Findings suggest that the effects of the parent-adult child relationship on adult children's marriages depend on age, marital duration, and levels of family stress experienced in childhood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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