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Break-up and then what?: A study of intergenerational contact between adult children and their divorced/separated parents
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

It is well known that a parental break-up in childhood has a negative influence on the intergenerational contact in adulthood. The intergenerational contact within dissolved families is less frequent than in intact families. Nonetheless, even among families that experienced a break-up in childhood, differences in contact frequency are observable. How come those individuals seem to be affected in different ways by a parental break-up? Previous research is lacking the answer to this question. Thus, the aim of this thesis is to contribute to research on dissolved families by exploring which conditions influence intergenerational contact among adult children and their divorced/separated parents. The data used in this thesis come from the Swedish Level of Living Survey and the analyses are conducted using OLS-regressions. First, it was verified that dissolved families have a less frequent intergenerational contact than intact families in contemporary Sweden, however, with the exception of the contact between divorced/separated mothers and their daughters. Second, the variation in contact among dissolved families is, to a large part, explained by differences in living distance between the adult child and the parent. Furthermore, it was found that conflict between the respondent and the parent in childhood has a significant influence on intergenerational contact in adulthood. The results thus highlight the importance of including childhood events other than the divorce/separation when investigating intergenerational contact.

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2012. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Conflict, divorce, intergenerational contact, LNU parental break-up
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84331OAI: diva2:579981
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-02-16 Created: 2012-12-20 Last updated: 2016-02-19Bibliographically approved

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