Intergenerational relationships in a transnational context: The case of Turkish families

Ayşem R. Şenyürekli, Dan Detzner

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This study explores how intergenerational relationships are experienced in a transnational context. Principles of grounded theory are used to describe how 28 Turkish immigrants living in the United States stay connected with their parents in Türkiye. Results indicate that these immigrants experience and manage significant structural, associational, and functional changes in their intergenerational relationships. These changes then contribute to the development of ambivalence. These findings are discussed, and implications for practice and policy are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-467
Number of pages11
JournalFamily relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008


  • Ambivalence
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Transnational families
  • Turkish families
  • Turkish immigrants

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