Letting go or holding on? Parents' perceptions of raising emerging adults

Marion Kloep, Leo Hendry

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    This qualitative interview study explored and examined the transitions surrounding emerging adulthood within the family from the parents' perspective. Interviews conducted with a purposive sample of parents (N=59) revealed the perceived difficulties parents have in `letting go' of their grown-up children, and in acknowledging their developing autonomy; and demonstrated a range of perceived parental strategies in response to young people's growing independence. The significance of these intertwined elements of perceived dependency, emotional tensions, and interactive behaviours for relationships in the family, and the implications for `emerging adulthood', was discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)817 - 834
    Number of pages17
    JournalBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010


    • transitions around adulthood


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