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date: 07 October 2022

Parent–Adult Child Ties and Older Adult Health and Well-Beinglocked

Parent–Adult Child Ties and Older Adult Health and Well-Beinglocked

  • J. Jill Suitor, J. Jill SuitorDepartment of Sociology, Purdue University
  • Yifei Hou, Yifei HouDepartment of Sociology, Purdue University
  • Catherine Stepniak, Catherine StepniakDepartment of Sociology, Pursue University
  • Robert T. FraseRobert T. FraseDepartment of Sociology, Purdue University
  •  and Destiny OgleDestiny OgleDepartment of Sociology, Purdue University


Parents and children continue to impact each other’s lives across the life course. Intergenerational relationships affect older adults’ physical and psychological well-being in a multitude of complex processes. Contact and interaction with adult offspring, as well as both giving and receiving support and caregiving, can have either positive or negative effects on parents’ well-being, depending upon whether these experiences are perceived by the older adults as enriching, harmonious, and desired. Furthermore, the impact of parent–adult child relations on older adults’ health is shaped by social structural characteristics of families and individual family members, such as race, ethnicity, and gender, as well as by cultural contexts within and across nations. Generally, close intergenerational relationships characterized by high levels of contact and reciprocal exchanges of support positively affect older parents’ well-being, whereas tense intergenerational relationships characterized by adult children’s problems or disregard for older adults’ values and autonomy negatively affect older parents’ well-being.


  • Behavioral Science & Health Education
  • Global Health

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