Śląskie Studia Historyczno- Teologiczne, Vol. 49, z. 1 (2016), s. 169-182
In the article the author analyses relations between
parents and adult children in the light of the developmental
task theory of Robert Havighurst. Parents
of a child who founded his or her own family
have a developmental task – to establish a good
relation with the child and his or her spouse. Success
in this field assures satisfaction, whereas lack
of the success brings the contrary – frustration or
even depression. T he sources of this task are as
follows: physical changes, cultural expectations
(pressure), and values, individual aspirations.
It is emphasized that today wedding is the only
ceremony changing the status of young people.
The author specifies the difficulties experienced
by the parents to fulfill the role of the parents-inlaw.
Some proposals to overcome these difficulties
are presented. The author underlines, however,
that the process may be difficult, especially in the
Western culture characterized by egocentrism, the
young generation’s lack of gratitude towards the
ageing parents and low fertility rates of Europeans.