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Ageing and intergenerational relationsFamily reciprocity from a global perspective$
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Misa Izuhara

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422057

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422057.001.0001

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Reciprocity in intergenerational relationships in stepfamilies

Reciprocity in intergenerational relationships in stepfamilies

(p.129) Eight Reciprocity in intergenerational relationships in stepfamilies
Ageing and intergenerational relations

Lawrence H. Ganong

Marilyn Coleman

Policy Press

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

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