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29 July 2010

Parent/child conflict differs by country

American parents are more likely than European parents to have conflicts with their adult children, finds a new study.

American parents are more likely than European parents to have conflicts with their adult children, finds a new study.

But they found significant differences among the countries in how affection and conflict are likely to interact in these intergenerational relationships.

  • Parents in Israel and the United States were far more likely than parents in England and Germany to have negative feelings toward their adult children.
  • Negative emotions among parents in Israel accompanied strong positive emotions more often than in other countries. This indicates emotional intensity and ambivalence.
  • While unlikely to have negative feelings towards their adult children, German parents also lacked positive feelings, indicating overall detachment.
  • Disharmonious relationships (the presence of strong negative emotions without strong positive emotions) were more than twice as likely in the United States as in any other country.
  • Older parents who had difficulty climbing stairs were more likely to have a disharmonious relationship with their adult children.

 
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