Parent–Child and Intergenerational Relationships in Adulthood

Authored by: Kira S. Birditt , Karen L. Fingerman

Handbook of Family Theories

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415879453
eBook ISBN: 9780203075180
Adobe ISBN: 9781135118754


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The parent–child relationship attracts considerable interest in both the mass media and scientific research. We know a great deal about parents and young children but considerably less about parents and grown children. It is particularly important to examine this relationship in adulthood and old age, not only because of its longevity, but also because it is often the only relationship in which two people from vastly different developmental stages and cohorts attempt to maintain a close and mutually supportive relationship across a lifetime.

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