Short-term Reciprocity in Parent-Child Economic Exchanges

  • Gill Jones


It is generally argued that the parent-child relationship can only be reciprocal in the long term, in that parents care for their children when they are young, while children care for their parents when they are old, the locus of dependence thus moving from the child to the parent over time (see for example Wall, in this volume, and Finch, 1989). Short-term reciprocity is more likely to occur in other relationships, such as those between siblings or friends. Implicit in such understanding is the notion that reciprocity should be equal and balanced. Thus the relationship between parents and their adolescent children cannot be reciprocal, being based on unequal distribution of power and resources.


Labour Market Young People Young Person Adult Child Manual Female 
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© British Sociological Association 1992

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