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Intergenerational relationsEuropean perspectives in family and society$
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Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300984

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.001.0001

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Intergenerational conflict: the case of adult children and their parents

Intergenerational conflict: the case of adult children and their parents

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(p.131) Eight Intergenerational conflict: the case of adult children and their parents
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Intergenerational relations
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Beate Schwarz

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.003.0009

The chapter summarises research on intergenerational conflict with a focus on European studies. The results are integrated in the theoretical approaches of intergenerational solidarity and intergenerational ambivalence. The author discusses the meaning of intergenerational conflict against the background of individuals’ life-long striving for a balance between autonomy and relatedness. Therefore, the role of developmental tasks and transitions which are specific for adult children and their parents in different phases of adulthood are outlined.

Keywords:   intergenerational solidarity, ambivalence, adulthood, conflict resolution style, cross-cultural psychology

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