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Joan E. Norris, Michael W. Pratt & Stephanie L. Kuiack

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 16: Parent-Child Relations in Adulthood: An Intergenerational Family Systems Perspective

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Parent-Child Relations in Adulthood: An Intergenerational Family Systems Perspective
Parent-child relations in adulthood: An intergenerational family systems perspective
Joan E.NorrisMichael W.PrattStephanie L.Kuiack

Parents and children. Encountering these words, most readers think of a young couple with school-age youngsters. The research literature also has had this focus. Nevertheless, most of the years that all of us will spend as “children” will be as adults with aging parents. In this chapter, we consider the relationships between parents and children in adulthood. We also examine change and stability in parent-adult child relationships and consider research limitations that have led to an incomplete understanding of relationships in the aging family. As an alternative, we explore the usefulness of a family systems perspective on adult parent-child relationships. Two potentially fruitful avenues of ...

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