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Reciprocal influences between developmental transitions and parent-child relationships in young adulthood
Kristianstad University, Department of Behavioural Sciences. (Center for Psychology)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5233-2467
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Behavioral Development, ISSN 0165-0254, E-ISSN 1464-0651, Vol. 32, no 5, p. 401-411Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Inconsistent findings exist on the effects of young adult-parent relationships on developmental status transitions into adulthood. Such transitions in turn predicted less conflicted and closer young adult-parent relationships. But systematic investigations of reciprocal effects between developmental transitions and young adult-parent relationships are lacking. A total of 477 participants initially aged 20-32 (M = 23.9, SD = 1.5) were interviewed twice, once in 1993 and again in 1995/1996. Subsamples were drawn that had not yet undergone the transitions to work, leaving home, cohabitation with a romantic partner, marriage and parenthood at Time 1. It was assessed whether the levels of mutual trust, instrumentality of relationships, and critical discussions at Time 1 predicted developmental transitions by Time 2, and whether developmental transitions were followed by changes in the relationship measures. The more the participants trusted in their parents, the more likely they were to marry or to have children. Cohabitation was followed by decreased instrumentality. Higher discussion frequency predicted cohabitation and was a consequence of starting to work and leaving home. The results are discussed with regard to individuation theory of adolescent and young adult-parent relationship development.

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2008. Vol. 32, no 5, p. 401-411
Keywords [en]
developmental transitions, individuation theory, life experiences, parent-child relations, young adulthood
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Psychology Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-613DOI: 10.1177/0165025408093658ISI: 000259229200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-613DiVA, id: diva2:207925
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Social and Personality Development in Times of Social Change (PI: Rainer K. Silbereisen, Jena, Germany; Laszlo A. Vaskovics, Bamberg, Germany)
Note

An erratum is published in International Journal of Behavioral Development 2008, Vol. 32 (6), p. 563.

Available from: 2009-03-13 Created: 2009-03-13 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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