Family Relations in Adulthood

  • Judith Treas
  • Leora Lawton


Until recently, the family of procreation, not the family of origin, was the focus of research on the family. Increasingly, scholarly attention has shifted from relations with one’s spouse and dependent children to relations with adult siblings, aging parents, grown children, and other kin. Because members of recent cohorts have married later and later (if at all), the principal family relations of early and middle adulthood are very frequently with parents and siblings. The development of a life-course perspective on the family has contributed to the appreciation that relationships begun in childhood also have a place in adulthood.


Parent Care Adult Child Marriage Market Sibling Relationship Parental Divorce 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Treas
    • 1
  • Leora Lawton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.TechSociety ResearchBerkeleyUSA

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