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Relationship Quality with Parents: Implications for Own and Partner Well-Being in Middle-Aged Couples.
Fam Process. 2018 03; 57(1):253-268.FP

Abstract

Relationships with parents have significant implications for well-being throughout the lifespan. At midlife, these ties are situated within both developmental and family contexts that often involve the adult offspring's spouse. Yet, it is not known how ties with aging parents are related to psychological well-being within middle-aged couples. This study examined how middle-aged wives' and husbands' views of the current quality of relationships with their own parents (positive and negative) are linked to their own and their partner's psychological well-being. Using a sample of 132 middle-aged couples from Wave 1 of the Family Exchanges Study, we estimated actor-partner interdependence models to evaluate these dyadic associations while controlling for each spouse's marital satisfaction. Both actor and partner effects were observed. With respect to actor effects, wives who reported more negative relationship quality with their own parents had elevated depressive symptoms and lower life satisfaction. Husbands who reported more negative relationship quality with their own parents had lower life satisfaction. In terms of partner effects, husbands had lower depressive symptoms and greater life satisfaction when wives reported more positive relationship quality with their own parents. Finally, the link between wives' positive ties with parents and husbands' lower depressive symptoms was intensified when husbands had less positive relationships with their own parents. Findings suggest that relationship quality with wives' aging parents has implications for both spouses' well-being and may serve as a critical social resource for husbands.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28004851

Citation

Polenick, Courtney A., et al. "Relationship Quality With Parents: Implications for Own and Partner Well-Being in Middle-Aged Couples." Family Process, vol. 57, no. 1, 2018, pp. 253-268.
Polenick CA, Fredman SJ, Birditt KS, et al. Relationship Quality with Parents: Implications for Own and Partner Well-Being in Middle-Aged Couples. Fam Process. 2018;57(1):253-268.
Polenick, C. A., Fredman, S. J., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (2018). Relationship Quality with Parents: Implications for Own and Partner Well-Being in Middle-Aged Couples. Family Process, 57(1), 253-268. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12275
Polenick CA, et al. Relationship Quality With Parents: Implications for Own and Partner Well-Being in Middle-Aged Couples. Fam Process. 2018;57(1):253-268. PubMed PMID: 28004851.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Relationship Quality with Parents: Implications for Own and Partner Well-Being in Middle-Aged Couples. AU - Polenick,Courtney A, AU - Fredman,Steffany J, AU - Birditt,Kira S, AU - Zarit,Steven H, Y1 - 2016/12/22/ PY - 2016/12/23/pubmed PY - 2019/1/23/medline PY - 2016/12/23/entrez KW - Couples KW - Intergenerational Relationships KW - Marriage KW - Midlife KW - Parent-Child Relationships KW - Relationship Quality KW - calidad de la relación KW - matrimonio KW - mediana edad KW - parejas KW - relaciones entre padres e hijos KW - relaciones intergeneracionales KW - 中年 KW - 代际间关系 KW - 伴侣 KW - 关系质量 KW - 婚姻 KW - 家长-孩子关系 SP - 253 EP - 268 JF - Family process JO - Fam Process VL - 57 IS - 1 N2 - Relationships with parents have significant implications for well-being throughout the lifespan. At midlife, these ties are situated within both developmental and family contexts that often involve the adult offspring's spouse. Yet, it is not known how ties with aging parents are related to psychological well-being within middle-aged couples. This study examined how middle-aged wives' and husbands' views of the current quality of relationships with their own parents (positive and negative) are linked to their own and their partner's psychological well-being. Using a sample of 132 middle-aged couples from Wave 1 of the Family Exchanges Study, we estimated actor-partner interdependence models to evaluate these dyadic associations while controlling for each spouse's marital satisfaction. Both actor and partner effects were observed. With respect to actor effects, wives who reported more negative relationship quality with their own parents had elevated depressive symptoms and lower life satisfaction. Husbands who reported more negative relationship quality with their own parents had lower life satisfaction. In terms of partner effects, husbands had lower depressive symptoms and greater life satisfaction when wives reported more positive relationship quality with their own parents. Finally, the link between wives' positive ties with parents and husbands' lower depressive symptoms was intensified when husbands had less positive relationships with their own parents. Findings suggest that relationship quality with wives' aging parents has implications for both spouses' well-being and may serve as a critical social resource for husbands. SN - 1545-5300 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28004851/Relationship_Quality_with_Parents:_Implications_for_Own_and_Partner_Well_Being_in_Middle_Aged_Couples_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12275 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -