"Ah Mom, What's Happened to You?!" A Grounded Theory-Study about Repositioning in the Relationship Between Elderly Parents and Their Adult, Care-Giving Children

  • Barbara Dieris Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Keywords: aging, care-giving, parent-child relationship, change of relationship, filial repositioning, grounded theory


When elderly people can no longer lead independent lives their adult daughters and sons often take on an important role as caregivers. The adoption of new tasks and roles changes the parent-child relationship. This does not lead, however, to a complete role-reversal, some characteristics of the relationship and roles remain unchanged. This contribution reconstructs the changes of the parent-child relationship from the perspective of caring adult children. The methodological approach is based on Grounded Theory. I have developed a theoretical model of filial repositioning. Different change levels of acting and of relationship are described. Strategies used by parents and children are presented. Context factors concerning relationships and health status affect the process of repositioning and the strategies of parents and children. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0603253


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Author Biography

Barbara Dieris, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Barbara DIERIS, geb. 1981, Dipl.-Psychologin, studierte Psychologie und Literaturwissenschaften in Münster. In ihrer Diplomarbeit und jetzt in ihrer Dissertation forscht sie qualitativ zum Thema "Alter und Familie". Sie arbeitet im Moment als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Psychologischen Institut der Universität Münster.