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ERIC Number: EJ934283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Perspectives on Extended Family and Fictive Kin in the Later Years: Strategies and Meanings of Kin Reinterpretation
Allen, Katherine R.; Blieszner, Rosemary; Roberto, Karen A.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n9 p1156-1177 Sep 2011
To identify perspectives on the roles of extended family and fictive kin, the authors conducted a qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with 45 older adults diverse in gender, race, and class. Five strategies of kin reinterpretation were found. Kin promotion defined a distant blood relative as a closer blood relative. Kin exchange reclassified a parent-child tie as a sibling tie or vice versa. Nonkin conversion created fictive kin by turning friends and colleagues into family-like members. Kin retention kept an ex-in-law in the extended family network following divorce. Kin loss identified the meaning of losing physical or psychological contact with a once-valued kin member. The findings reveal that older adults from both mainstream and marginalized families expanded kin reinterpretation practices as a means of adapting to impermanence in family ties. These alterations helped ensure closeness and mutual reliance, thus providing a bridge to connect the old and new social landscape. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia