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"Because They're My Parents": An Intergenerational Study of Felt Obligation and Parental Caregiving

Catherine H. Stein, Virginia A. Wemmerus, Marcia Ward, Michelle E. Gaines, Andrew L. Freeberg and Thomas C. Jewell
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 60, No. 3 (Aug., 1998), pp. 611-622
DOI: 10.2307/353532
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353532
Page Count: 12
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"Because They're My Parents": An Intergenerational Study of Felt Obligation and Parental Caregiving
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Abstract

Using an intergenerational sample of 460 young adults and their middle-aged parents, the study examined adults' views of parental obligation and caregiving. Both generations of women generally reported higher levels of felt obligation to their parents than did both generations of men. Regardless of gender, adults with one living parent generally reported feeling more obligation to provide assistance than did adults with two living parents. Overall, young adult children expressed higher levels of felt obligation to their parents than did middle-aged parents to their parents. Felt obligation accounted for a significant amount of additional variance in young and middle-aged adults' reports of parental caregiving beyond that of gender, self-reports of parental affection, and filial responsibility.

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