Negotiating parent care among siblings

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2013
Con, Gülçin
This study aims to examine the arrangements of parent care by adult children. To understand how adult children divide and negotiate parent care tasks and responsibilities among themselves, an analysis based on not only interactions among siblings but also on some structural factors such as gender, socioeconomic status (SES) and family composition is employed. The care arrangements are expected to vary in different sibling groups depending on SES and family composition differences. In line with this expectation, sister-sister, sister-brother and brother-brother sibling dyads from low and middle SES groups were selected for in-depth interviews. As a result of this qualitative study, it is noted that SES and gender composition of sibling groups create great impact on both negotiation and division of parent care among siblings. In addition, ‘transformation’ of parent care arrangements is observed to be taking place in both low and middle SES groups. This study has concluded that parent care arrangement is an outcome of complex process including both structural and interactional dynamics, also subject to change over life course