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Parent-Child Relationships

Parent-Child RelationshipsEmerging AdultsDeanna Campbell

Challenges Unique to Parent/Child Relations During Emerging AdulthoodParents acknowledging the child's emerging adulthood status. Parents must realize their child is growing upThe development of filial and parental maturityHaving a mature relationship is key.The interplay of EAs autonomy and dependency needs.The give and take between parents and EAs

Factors that Influence Relationship QualityInteraction between parents and children at a earlier ageThe previous history of what makes up the familyThe EAs individual development with life-course transitions

Family DisruptionsDivorce, custody arrangements, and remarriage equals a weaker relationship between children and parents.Divorce and associated painful memories can cause inter-parental conflict and reduced intimacy.Strong relationships are necessary for EAs to have a successful launch into adulthood.

Going Away to CollegeThis transition can cause discontinuity and change between the parents and EAsWhen the EA leaves it forces them and parents to engage in new patterns.Students away at school report more affection, communication, and independence from parents.

Family Financial SupportFinancial support to EAs improves their chances of success into adult roles.Higher education is the most common support from parents to EAsParents sometimes use economic support to influence the behavior of EAsThe higher the income and number of children is a factor in determining how much support is supplied.

Types of ParentingExtremely involved (teaches skills, manners, & confidence)Hands off Approach (must live in order to learn)Neglectful (no support, can be abusive)Mom as BFF (friends, parents on EAs level)Helicopter Parents (incessant hovering)

Boomerang Kids DefinedNamed for the frequency with which they choose to cohabitate with their parents after a brief period of living on their own thus boomeranging back to their place of origin. This cohabitation can take many forms, ranging from situations that mirror the high dependency of pre-adulthood to highly independent, separate-household arrangements.

BoomerangingIn 2007, 38% women & 43% men aged 20-24 were living with their parents.Some reasons for moving back home include: a serious crisis (financial or personal), or pursuing higher education.The parent/child relationships have both emotional and practical support for both parties.

Damaged RelationshipsWhen a parent abuses drugs/alcohol, or are physically/emotionally abusive, or mentally unstable there are profound effects on the children.Foster children make up 20,000 youth every year.These EAs must have resilience to succeed without much, if any structured family support.


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