Where is the exit? Intergenerational ambivalence and relationship quality in high contact ties
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||Ambivalence, Latent class analysis, Relationship quality, Typology of parent-child relationships|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2008.10.006, hdl.handle.net/1765/17222|
|Journal||Journal of Aging Studies|
|Note||Published ahead of print, online in September 2009|
van Gaalen, R.I, Dykstra, P.A, & Komter, A.E. (2009). Where is the exit? Intergenerational ambivalence and relationship quality in high contact ties. Journal of Aging Studies, 24(2), 105–114. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2008.10.006