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Reciprocity in intergenerational relationships in stepfamilies

Lawrence H. Ganong and Marilyn Coleman

in Ageing and intergenerational relations

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847422057
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422057.003.0008
Reciprocity in intergenerational relationships in stepfamilies

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This chapter examines research and clinical writing on intergenerational relations in stepfamilies. It draws on over twenty-four studies conducted in the US about intergenerational responsibilities following divorce and remarriage, and illustrates the various ways in which reciprocity is perceived in post-divorce stepfamilies as well as other factors that influence beliefs about intergenerational transfers in stepfamilies. It notes that although older step relationships have not been widely studied, they are increasingly important given the increases in both life spans and marital transitions in industrialised nations.

Keywords: clinical writing; intergenerational relations; stepfamilies; US; divorce; reciprocity; post-divorce stepfamilies

Chapter.  8213 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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