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"In-Law Relationships": The Joys & Complexity Of The Extended Family

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Oxford University Press
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In a new book, two social scientists explore the complex dynamics of families merged by matrimony.

(This program was originally broadcast February 16, 2021)

Our topic in this archive edition of Midday is in-laws, and how the relationship between children who are married, and the families of their spouses, are affected and informed by a number of different factors. Parents of the person you hold dear matter while you’re dating, they matter while you’re married, they matter when you have kids yourself, and they matter when those parents are of the age when they need care from you.

A new book looks at those different stages, as well as the effects of age, gender, sexual preference and other factors that influence the nature and success of these relationships.

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University of Maryland School of Social Work
Prof. Geoffrey Greig and Assoc. Prof. Michael Woolley teach at the University of Maryland (Baltimore) School of Social Work.

The book is called In-Law Relationships: Mothers, Daughters, Fathers, and Sons. Tom's guests today are the authors: Dr. Geoffrey Greif, professor; and Dr. Michael Woolley, associate professor, on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

(Listeners, this program was previously recorded, so we can't take any new comments or questions about your in-law experiences.)

Geoffrey Greif and Michael Woolley join us on Zoom.

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Rob is Midday's senior producer.