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Gerontologist. 1999 Feb;39(1):66-75.

Children-in-law in caregiving families.

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Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Beaver College, Glenside, PA 19038, USA.


Data were collected from 252 coresident caregiving daughters and daughters-in-law and their husbands. We hypothesized that biological children would give more care than children-in-law and that children-in-law would have very different caregiving experiences and resultant appraisals than biological children. Contrary to our hypotheses, we found that the experiences are very similar for biological children and children-in-law in caregiving families. We suggested that the important factor is not the relationship to the elder that has the impact--it is the quality of the relationship with the elder that is consistently significant.

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