Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

From the Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

From the Editor

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EDITORIAL

As a gerontologist, I am delighted to see work in Journal of Marriage and Family on families in middle and later life. In 1998 in this journal, Kurt Luescher and Karl Pillemer proposed a new conceptualization of the ties between parents and adult children that they named intergenerational ambivalence. As often happens with thoughtful theoretical papers, ideas about ambivalence in the relationships between parents and their adult children have been percolating ever since. The construct takes several steps forward in these pages.

The Special Collection on Ambivalence in Intergenerational Relationships begins with an essay by Ingrid Connidis and Julie McMullin extending Luescher and Pillemer's work. Throughout the review process, reviewers debated their ideas rather than the way in which the work was carried out. Such debates belong in our journals, so this issue includes comments from Vern Bengtson et al., Sara Curran, and Kurt Luescher. As is only fair given their gracious response to my suggestion that we invite responses to their work from their potentially harshest critics, Connidis and McMullin have the last word.

While the lead essay and the responses to it were crossing national and continental borders, I received a manuscript from Karl Pillemer and Jill Suitor describing an empirical study of ambivalence. …

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