Underlying Causes of Intergenerational Conflict Between Parent-Child Age Bands in Multan City, Pakistan: A Comparative Study
Keywords:Underlying Causes, Intergenerational Conflict, Parent-Child, Age Bands
The present study was designed to find out the underlying causes of intergenerational conflict between parents and their teenage children in Multan city, Pakistan. The escalated dispute between the Boomer and X generations originated due to abridged connectivity, inadequate emotional ties, and modified socialization patterns. A cross-sectional survey research design was used to determine the comparison of opinions between the parent-child age cohorts. A sample size of n1=202 parents and n2=410 unmarried teenage children from n=120 families were selected from the two towns of the study vicinity. The data was analyzed through simple linear regression analysis in SPSS version-21. From the results, it was evident that inadequate appreciation and affection induced the highest magnitude of parent-child conflict i.e. 50.3%. Furthermore, three other significant indicators of the intergenerational conflict between the two generations were i) lack of time spent (44.2%) ii) ineffective communication (49.1%) and iii) devaluing each other and non-fulfillment of commitment (36.1%). The concluding remarks unveiled that the parents and children were bound by the unbending and inflexible ideology of “Me on the right path.” This stubborn approach unable these two generations to understand and respect each others “privacy” “new normative trends” and “emerging needs of the modernized world.” The solidarity and relational ties between the two age allies could be augmented through understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, appreciation, commitment, adequate time spent, effective communication, and cognitive restructuring.