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When »we« become a »paar«: how emptying a family nest influences partnership?

Anja Čemažar (2016) When »we« become a »paar«: how emptying a family nest influences partnership?. Diploma thesis.

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    The process of emptying the nest along with the period of the empty nest is absolutely one of the biggest turning points in the life of the family. The state which follows this process requires the reorganisation of relationships between parents and children who left the family nest or are still at home as well as the relationship between partners who somehow “lost” their parenting role which was in many cases dominant and again became only partners. In the theoretical part of the thesis, the period of the empty nest and the period of middle adulthood that coincide with one another were defined. In addition, the formation of a partner relationship, a transition from a partner dyad into a parent triad and finally a scale of partner satisfaction during the years spent together were discussed. In discussions carried out with four couples, the focus was laid on how they were dealing with their children’s independence as individuals, partners and parents and what the empty nest brings for their relationship. In addition, I was also interested in how their partner satisfaction changed over the years spent together and whether there were any differences in response to children leaving home. I also draw attention to any potential emotional crisis as a consequence of the empty nest and the contacts the couples have with their adult children. The findings suggest great differences in couples’ reactions to children leaving home. They depend on their life’s priorities, personal orientation and “baggage” they are carrying from their past or nuclear families. Even the couples who experienced an emotional crisis successfully dealt with it, however, each in their own way. And it applies to all of them that they are in contact and on good terms with their adult children.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: partner relationship, becoming independent, middle adulthood, the period of the empty nest, partner satisfaction
    Number of Pages: 93
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Olga Poljšak ŠkrabanMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11114825)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 3612
    Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 13:49
    Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 13:49
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/3612

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