Looking Within Families: Does Parent's Contact

with an Adult Child Depend on Characteristics

of Other Children in the Family?

Carol Lynn Roan


This study uses data from the National Survey of Families and Households to study the frequency of visits and phone calls or letters between parents and one of their children living outside their household. Ordered logistic regression is used to regress contact on selected characteristics of the parents' other children, of the child being considered, and of the parent. The results confirm that the number of parents' other children reduces contact with each individual child. However, the location of the parents' other children does not affect contact with the individual child. Additionally, distance, sex, marital status, religiosity, and education significantly predict the frequency of contact.