Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, 316 Berkey Hall, East Lansing, MI, 48824 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Just the Two of Us? How Parents Influence Adult Children's Marital Quality
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 72, Issue 5, pages 1205–1219, October 2010
How to Cite
Reczek, C., Liu, H. and Umberson, D. (2010), Just the Two of Us? How Parents Influence Adult Children's Marital Quality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 1205–1219. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00759.x
Department of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station, A1700, Austin, TX, 78712 (email@example.com).
This article was edited by Cheryl Buehler.
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
- early childhood;
- family stress or crisis;
- growth curve analysis;
- intergenerational relations;
- marriage and close relationships
We work from a life-course perspective to explore how relationships with parents affect adult children's marital quality. We further ask whether the effects of parents on adult children's marital quality depend on the adult child's gender, age, marital duration, and childhood family experiences. Growth-curve analysis of national, longitudinal data (Americans' Changing Lives) indicated that relationships with fathers (n = 336) and mothers (n = 520) differentially affected the marital quality of adult children over time. Findings suggest that the effects of the parent–adult child relationship on adult children's marriages depend on age, marital duration, and levels of family stress experienced in childhood.