Parent-Child Relations throughout Life

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ly ill young adults also found a more serious impact on mothers than fathers. This pattern may hold as well for elderly parents.

Marital Status of Parent . It is clear that the stresses of parenthood are greater for single parents. However, it has also been demonstrated that adult children can cause difficulties in parents' marital relationships, which might in turn have detrimental affects on the latter's well being ( Suitor & Pillemer, 1988).

Living Arrangement . Some investigators have speculated that sharing a residence with an adult child can lead to psychological distress in elderly parents ( Schnaiberg & Goldenberg, 1986). Although some more recent evidence contradicts this notion ( Pillemer & Suitor, in press), it is possible that living with a troubled child would increase the stress of the child's problems.

Type of Problem Experienced by Child . With young children, parental distress seems to vary with type of disability. Such a pattern might hold for elderly parents as well.


CONCLUSION

The major implication of this chapter is that we must cease to focus solely on how hard it is for children to have elderly parents, and begin looking at reciprocal influences between children and parents in later life. Our discussion here strongly suggests that certain aspects of the parenting experience affect older persons' psychological well-being. Thus, although the literature on family caregiving has focused on the impact of parents' failing health and increased dependence on their children, this study suggests that attention should also be paid to the children's problems as possible correlates of negative affect in the elderly. Such research is critically needed if we are to more fully understand the effects of family relations on psychological well-being in later life.


REFERENCES

Aldous, J. ( 1978). Family careers: Developmental changes in families. New York: Wiley. Atchley, R. C. (1987). Social forces in later life: An introduction to social gerontology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Anetzberger, G. J. (1987). The etiology of child abuse by adult offspring. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Barnett, R. C., Kibria, N., Baruch, G., & Pleck, J. (in press). Quality of adult daughters' relationships with their mothers and fathers. Journal of Marriage and the Family.

Beckmen-Bell, P. ( 1981). Child-related stress in families of handicapped children. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 1, 43-53.

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