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Level of Parent-Child Conflict Seems to Differ Among Nations
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WEDNESDAY, July 28 (HealthDay News) -- American parents are more likely than European parents to have conflicts with their adult children, finds a new study.
Researchers examined parent-adult child relationships in six countries (England, Germany, Israel, Norway, Spain and the United States) and found that most older parents had relatively conflict-free, affectionate relationships with their adult children.
For example, about 75 percent of parents in England had "amicable" relationships with their adult children, compared to 51 percent in the United States and 49 percent in Germany.
But they found significant differences among the countries in how affection and conflict are likely to interact in these intergenerational relationships.
"Parents in poorer functional health tended more to have detached and disharmonious relationships with their children, and those who received help from children tended more to have ambivalent relationships with them," study author Merril Silverstein, a professor of gerontology and sociology at the University of Southern California, said in a university news release.
"Together, the findings suggest that frailty and dependence on children introduce elements of friction and strain into intergenerational relationships," he added.
The study is published in the August issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.
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SOURCE: University of Southern California, news release, July 26, 2010