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Solidarity and Conflict Between Adult Children and Parents: A Latent Class Analysis

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  • Ruben I. Van Gaalen,

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    1. Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute
      Department of Social Demography, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, PO box 11650, 2502 AR The Hague, The Netherlands (rubenvangaalen@yahoo.com).
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  • Pearl A. Dykstra

    1. Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute
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Department of Social Demography, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, PO box 11650, 2502 AR The Hague, The Netherlands (rubenvangaalen@yahoo.com).

Abstract

Using multiple dimensions of solidarity and conflict in a latent class analysis, we develop a typology of adult child–parent relationships. The data (N= 4,990) are from the first wave of the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study. In descending order of relationship quality, the 5 types are harmonious (akin to relationships with friends), ambivalent (intensive exchange of material support accompanied by strain), obligatory (just keeping in touch), affective (emotionally supportive with few other meaningful exchanges), and discordant (predominantly negative engagement). The types are differentiated by gender, age, family size, geographic distance, and parental marital history, indicating that they are not fixed but are shaped by social-structural conditions.

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