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1. Semlak, Julie. and Pearson, Judy. "Big Macs/Peanut Butter and Jelly: An Exploration of Dialectical Contradictions Experienced by the Sandwich Generation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 22, 2010 Online <PDF>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper explores the relational dialectic contradictions experienced by female multi-generational caretakers, commonly called the sandwich generation. The hypothesis of this study, that relational dialectic contradictions would mediate the relationship between perceived self-efficacy and the satisfaction a caretaker has with the relationship she has with both her care-recipient and oldest child, was partially supported. Specifically, three significant relationships were discovered: autonomy-connection mediates the relationship between the self-reliance dimension of self-efficacy and satisfaction with the relationship with the care-recipient, the relationship with the care-recipient mediates the relationship between autonomy-connection and satisfaction with the relationship with the child, and a relationship was discovered between openness-closedness and care-recipient satisfaction. Several avenues for future research are suggested based upon findings.

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