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Where is the exit?: intergenerational ambivalence and relationship quality in high contact ties

Gaalen van, R.I.A. and Dykstra, P.A. and Komter, A.E. (2010) Where is the exit?: intergenerational ambivalence and relationship quality in high contact ties. Journal of Aging Studies, 24, 105-114. ISSN 0890-4065.

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Abstract

We challenge the common idea that solidarity has positive, whereas conflict has negative implications, by investigating intergenerational ambivalence – defined as the co-occurrence of solidarity and conflict – and relationship quality. We use representative data on non-coresident adult children and parents with high levels of contact (weekly or more; N=2,694 dyads). Results show that over half of high contact parent–child ties can be characterized as ambivalent and of high-quality. The likelihood of negative instead of positive ambivalent ties is greater if adult children have few exit options because they are socially isolated or have a small number of siblings. Ties between fathers and sons, and those between caring daughters and aging parents also have a high probability of belonging to the negative ambivalent type. Keywords:typology of parent–child relationships; ambivalence; relationship quality; latent class analysis

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Ned. Interdisc. Demografisch Instituut (NIDI)
ID Code:7570
Deposited On:21 Oct 2009 02:00
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