The impact of adult children"s social status transitions on their parents. The relationships of middle-aged adults and their children are altered along a series of social status transitions. Normative social status transitions occur as young adults: graduate from college, enter a career, get married, or have children. No normative social status transitions result from: experiences such as getting divorced or losing one"s job, incarceration, serious illness. Middle-aged parents & adult children typically become closer when children undergo normative transitions: going to college, establishing separate households, getting married, having children. There is a significant increase in satisfaction when children assume status of parenthood: a social role shared by adult children and their parents. Adult children"s non-normative status transitions typically increase their demands on their parents. Those transitions create unanticipated burdens: example: parent-child relationships often become strained when sons lose their jobs, the main source of parental conflict when generations share a.