First Things First: Coming to terms with family fragmentation

Julie Baumgardner, Chattanooga Free Press, 8/5/2012

[Elizabeth] Marquardt and Amy Ziettlow are co-investigators in a three-year project funded by the Lilly Endowment to investigate aging, death and dying in an era of high family fragmentation... "Married parents will do their best to protect their kids from the worst of a dying parent's illness," said Marquardt. "Fragmented families don't have that luxury. In fact, many of those interviewed talked about stepparents who don't communicate once the biological parent has passed away. Family change is not the only stressor. Longer life span, smaller family size and rapid economic changes have a ripple effect on family breakdown.

Subjects: Family, Death/dying

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