What is it about?

Industrialization and modernization bring changes in many aspects of Taiwanese families including comparative status of mothers- and daughters-in-law. Based on the logic of resources theory, this paper explores in one hand, if more tangible resources such as education or income raise the status of daughters-in-law in the transitional era of 1997. On the other hand, the author examines if the relationship between these two groups of women is more egalitarian in the postindustrial era of 2016.

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Why is it important?

It is very rare to find research that examines changes in comparative status between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law in Taiwan across time. This study is one of them. Also, it is perhaps the first time that Rodman's resources theory being applied to analyze the certain in-law dyad. Results show that resources along do not explain well about the dynamic status between women and their mothers-in-law. Important revisions to the theory are suggested based on the findings.


Many people in Taiwan think that the relationship between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law are inevitably incompatible and this problem is unsolvable. Therefore, academic research on this topic is not bountiful. I hope this article adds more knowledge about what has happened on this topic in the past few decades.

Hsiang-Ming Kung
Shih Hsin University

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This page is a summary of: Persistence and Change in the Comparative Status of Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law in Taiwanese Families: 1979 to 2016, Journal of Family Issues, July 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0192513x19863205.
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