TitleRelationship Quality Between Older Fathers and Middle-Aged Children: Associations With Both Parties' Subjective Well-Being.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPolenick, CA, DePasquale, N, Eggebeen, DJ, Zarit, SH, Fingerman, KL
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Volume73
Issue7
Pagination1203-1213
Date Published2018 09 20
ISSN1758-5368
KeywordsAdult Children, Aged, Emotional Adjustment, Father-Child Relations, Fathers, Female, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Personal Satisfaction, Socioeconomic Factors
Abstract

<p><b>Objectives: </b>Relationships between fathers and their children are salient to both parties throughout the life course. Yet little is known about how these ties may affect well-being in later life. This study examined the implications of aging fathers' and middle-aged children's perceptions of father-child relationship quality for their own and the other party's well-being.</p><p><b>Method: </b>Using a sample of 103 fathers (M = 77.88 years) and their children (M = 49.92 years) drawn from Wave 1 of the Family Exchanges Study, we estimated actor-partner interdependence models to evaluate associations between each party's perceptions of father-child relationship quality and their well-being.</p><p><b>Results: </b>Fathers had elevated depressive symptoms when they reported more negative relationships with children. This association was exacerbated for fathers of daughters when daughters reported a highly negative relationship. Fathers had better self-rated health, however, when they reported more positive relationships with daughters. Children had elevated depressive symptoms and lower life satisfaction when they reported more negative ties with fathers. Finally, sons had lower depressive symptoms when they reported more positive ties with fathers.</p><p><b>Discussion: </b>Findings suggest that father-child relationship quality has significant implications for the well-being of both aging fathers and middle-aged daughters or sons.</p>

DOI10.1093/geronb/gbw094
Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
PubMed ID27520060
PubMed Central IDPMC6147057
Grant ListF31 AG050385 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
P2C HD042849 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG027769 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R24 HD042849 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States