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When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Sons and Daughtersby Deborah M. Merrill
Synopses & Reviews
Based on interviews with married adult children, both sons and daughters, and mothers who have at least one married son and one married daughter, this book examines how marriage changes relationships with parents. The author demonstrates that while most mothers do not feel that they 'lose' their sons following marriage, the relationships...
About the Author
\Deborah M. Merrill is associate professor of sociology at Clark University. She is the author of Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law: Understanding the Relationship and What Makes Them Friends or Foe and Caring for Elderly Parents: Juggling Work, Family, and Care Giving in Middle And Working Class Families.
Table of Contents
Introduction — Illustrations of intergenerational relationships — Relationships between parents and adult children — Gender differences in contact with parents and in-laws : do couples see more of her family than his? — "A daughter is a daughter all of her life, but a son is a son 'til he takes him a wife" : "myth or reality" — The effect of marriage on intergenerational relationships — The challenges for mothers in parent and adult child relationships — The evolution of intergenerational relationships following children's marriages — Divorce and later life families — Advice to mothers for maintaining intergenerational relationships — Reciprocal effects? : how do intergenerational relationships affect adult children's marriages? — Conclusion.
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