Family relationship histories, intergenerational relationship quality, and depressive affect among rural elderly people

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

18 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Based on a sample of matched adult children and aging parents in the rural Midwest, this study examined the effects of family relationship history on depressive symptoms among elderly parents. The study used reports from both adult children and aging parents regarding intergenerational affectional solidarity and relationship strain. Aging parents reported levels of depressed affect. Adult children's recalled early relationships with their parents were associated with elderly parents' reports of depressed affect through the effects of early family relationships on contemporary relationships. Reports of early relationships and contemporary relationships were separated by 5 years. It is suggested that family relationship characteristics persist across time and that family relationship patterns affect the abilities of family members to negotiate support for elderly parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-229
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Fingerprint

Family Relations
Parents
Adult Children
Aptitude
History
Depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

Cite this

@article{e1c55e56866746b6b88ef519994191ca,
title = "Family relationship histories, intergenerational relationship quality, and depressive affect among rural elderly people",
abstract = "Based on a sample of matched adult children and aging parents in the rural Midwest, this study examined the effects of family relationship history on depressive symptoms among elderly parents. The study used reports from both adult children and aging parents regarding intergenerational affectional solidarity and relationship strain. Aging parents reported levels of depressed affect. Adult children's recalled early relationships with their parents were associated with elderly parents' reports of depressed affect through the effects of early family relationships on contemporary relationships. Reports of early relationships and contemporary relationships were separated by 5 years. It is suggested that family relationship characteristics persist across time and that family relationship patterns affect the abilities of family members to negotiate support for elderly parents.",
author = "Whitbeck, {Leslie B} and Hoyt, {Danny R} and Tyler, {Kimberly A}",
year = "2001",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/073346480102000206",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "20",
pages = "214--229",
journal = "Journal of Applied Gerontology",
issn = "0733-4648",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Family relationship histories, intergenerational relationship quality, and depressive affect among rural elderly people

AU - Whitbeck, Leslie B

AU - Hoyt, Danny R

AU - Tyler, Kimberly A

PY - 2001/1/1

Y1 - 2001/1/1

N2 - Based on a sample of matched adult children and aging parents in the rural Midwest, this study examined the effects of family relationship history on depressive symptoms among elderly parents. The study used reports from both adult children and aging parents regarding intergenerational affectional solidarity and relationship strain. Aging parents reported levels of depressed affect. Adult children's recalled early relationships with their parents were associated with elderly parents' reports of depressed affect through the effects of early family relationships on contemporary relationships. Reports of early relationships and contemporary relationships were separated by 5 years. It is suggested that family relationship characteristics persist across time and that family relationship patterns affect the abilities of family members to negotiate support for elderly parents.

AB - Based on a sample of matched adult children and aging parents in the rural Midwest, this study examined the effects of family relationship history on depressive symptoms among elderly parents. The study used reports from both adult children and aging parents regarding intergenerational affectional solidarity and relationship strain. Aging parents reported levels of depressed affect. Adult children's recalled early relationships with their parents were associated with elderly parents' reports of depressed affect through the effects of early family relationships on contemporary relationships. Reports of early relationships and contemporary relationships were separated by 5 years. It is suggested that family relationship characteristics persist across time and that family relationship patterns affect the abilities of family members to negotiate support for elderly parents.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0035200168&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0035200168&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/073346480102000206

DO - 10.1177/073346480102000206

M3 - Review article

VL - 20

SP - 214

EP - 229

JO - Journal of Applied Gerontology

JF - Journal of Applied Gerontology

SN - 0733-4648

IS - 2

ER -