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ERIC Number: EJ825893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
The More the Merrier? Multiple Parent-Adult Child Relations
Ward, Russell A.; Spitze, Glenna; Deane, Glenn
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n1 p161-173 Feb 2009
Although parent-adult child ties are generally positive, most parents have multiple children whose relations may yield collective ambivalence combining higher and lower quality. Little research has investigated these multiple relations. NSFH respondents aged 50+ with adult children (N = 2,270) are used to assess patterns of quality and contact across multiple children in the same family. This illuminates mixed experiences, especially for lowest quality and contact across children, contributing to collective ambivalence in parent-adult child relations within families. Having more children increases prevalence of both positive and negative relations. Stepchildren exhibit more negative relations than nonstepchildren, even in the same family. Mothers have more positive but not more negative relations than fathers, but mothers have more negative relations with stepchildren.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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