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Perspectives on the Family and Stress in Late Life

  • Leonard I. Pearlin
  • Marilyn M. Skaff
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)

Abstract

This chapter is organized around what we regard as the three principal functions of the family within the context of the stress process. First, the family is an arena in which Stressors are generated by the problematic interactions of its members. Second, in their multiple social roles outside the family boundaries, family members may encounter problems that impact adversely on relationships and activities within the family. Third, the family is a social group able to mobilize resources in support of its members as they contend with life problems, regardless of the source of the problems (Pearlin & Turner, 1987).

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Adult Child Successful Aging American Sociological Review Marital Relationship Late Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard I. Pearlin
    • 1
  • Marilyn M. Skaff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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