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An exploratory study on perceived conflict with old parents of the Korean middle age

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2015, 28(2), pp.1-18
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

Seo, Su-Gyun 1 신현희 1 Jeongshin An 1 CHONG,YOUNG-SOOK 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to explore conflict in relationships between middle-aged Koreans and their parents. We classified areas of conflict and investigated potential gender differences. We used an open-ended questionnaire, which was completed by 136 middle-aged participants (aged 40-59 years). Our analysis revealed 23 conflicts classified into 3 areas: relationship with one’s parents, self-management by elderly parents, and problems involving grandchildren. The most frequently reported area of conflict was relationship with one’s parents. Women experienced more conflict than men. Specific responses in this area included: favoritism, disregard, lack of interest in and care for middle-aged children, burden of support, and excessive devotion. Women experienced more conflict in term of both favoritism and lack of interest in and care.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.