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The Ties That Bind: Joint Children May Strengthen Stepfamily Ties to Older Parents

September 19, 2022


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5-15 mins
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Presented by Michigan News

Previous research around and concern that adult children in stepfamilies may not be as willing as those in biological families to care for aging parents drove a recent study by U-M’s Institute for Social Research. Led by faculty in the Survey Research Center, the new study found that stepfamilies sharing a joint biological child spend similar amounts of time together as biological families in which partners have only joint biological children. Vicki Freedman, research professor and lead author of the study, shares additional insights on the findings.

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