The Fruits of Their Labors: A Longitudinal Exploration of Parent Personality and Adjustment in Their Adult Children

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Abstract

This longitudinal study of several aspects of parenting examines how children "turn out" as adults. Ratings of adjustment (educational and occupational attainment as well as social and emotional maturity) in young adult children (aged 25-37) were made on the basis of information from 64 mothers who were participants in a longitudinal study of women's lives. As hypothesized, mothers who were demanding yet responsive, sensitive, and psychologically mature at ages 27 and 43 had children with higher overall adult adjustment scores. Other factors correlated with adjustment included the mother's long-term commitment to being a wife and mother, and the cohesiveness of the home environment. In their 50s, characteristics of parents associated with adult child adjustment were different for men and women (competence in women and forcefulness and individuality in men). Divorce was not a negative factor, and mothers' paid work (after age 27) was positive at a trend level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-308
Number of pages56
JournalJournal of Personality
Volume68
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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