Intergenerational relationships in young adulthood and their life course, mental health, and personality correlates.


Journal Article

To evaluate effects of life-course events and experiences of young adults, as well as personality and mental-health history on intergenerational relationships in young adulthood, the authors examined dyadic relationship data drawn from a sample of more than 900 New Zealand 26-year-olds and their mothers and fathers. Results indicated that intergenerational relations were more positive when young adults were childless, not unemployed, married, and living away from home, but these factors did not interact with family relationship history in predicting relationship outcomes. Intergenerational relationships were less positive when children scored low on positive emotionality and constraint and high on negative emotionality and mental disorders, though these attributes did not account for the effect of life-course factors. Results are discussed in terms of the openness of the parent-child relationship in adulthood to further development.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Belsky, J; Jaffee, SR; Caspi, A; Moffitt, T; Silva, PA

Published Date

  • December 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 460 - 471

PubMed ID

  • 14640797

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14640797

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1293

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0893-3200

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0893-3200.17.4.460


  • eng