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The impact of union dissolution and divorce on adolescents' and adults' relationships with their parents


Arránz Becker, Oliver

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Abstract "Using data of the German Family Panel pairfam, this article examines whether relationship-related transitions among adolescents and adults - separations with or without subsequent new relationships and transitions from being single to a relationship - impact different aspects of their relationship with their parents (contact frequency, intimacy, and conflict). Several competing hypotheses are tested. The resource hypothesis, following a supply-side argumentation, posits that relationships generate resources (i.e. social capital) that facilitate exchange with parents; relationship breakup implies resource deprivation and produces strain, which adversely affects the parent-child relationship (spillover hypothesis). According to the demand-based compensation hypothesis, horizontal relationships and vertical intergenerational relations are substitutively associated with each other; hence, exchanges between generations should be strongest when children are not involved in romantic relationships. The analyses yield evidence in line with both the compensation hypothesis (particularly among adolescents) and the spillover hypothesis (among adults). The effects are largely gender neutral." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter partner relationship; partnership; domestic partnership; divorce; adolescent; adult; parent-child relationship; Intergenerational relations; social effects; psychological consequences; social support; Federal Republic of Germany
Klassifikation Familiensoziologie, Sexualsoziologie
Methode empirisch; empirisch-quantitativ
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2015
Seitenangabe S. 313-334
Zeitschriftentitel Comparative Population Studies - Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, 40 (2015) 3
Heftthema Research on divorce: causes and consequences
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12765/CPoS-2015-09en
ISSN 1869-8999
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
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