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"Midlife crises"

2007

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This chapter explores the impact of such changes in the broad contexts of living arrangements and intergenerational relationships, two of the main areas of sociological research on midlife families in Canada and the United States. [...] The recognition of a tension between coresident parents and adult children and its relationship to living arrangements has been a focus of research on the quality of intergenerational relationships in midlife families (Mitchell and Gee, 203; Shehan and Dwyer, 1989; Ward and Spitze, 1996). [...] Depending on the child’s age, this may coincide directly with the development of his/her desire to establish a sense of independence from the family, with the step-parent perceived as a yet another barrier to the achievement of this goal (Hetherington and Kelly, 2002). [...] Often the result of the end of a heterosexual union(s), the “new blended” family is part of a midlife phenomenon in Canadian families. [...] Recognition of the diversity in midlife Canadian families in the policy domain has been limited for the most part to issues of class, gender, and family structure.

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health politics economics poverty science and technology psychology behavioural sciences caregivers culture divorce family human development marriage middle age gays social institutions social sciences intergenerational relations interpersonal relationships divorced remarriage stepfamily remarriages childlessness childless remarried stepchildren infidelity

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