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Are you interested in learning more about families and inheritance? Here are related research articles you may find useful. We referred to these resources when developing the Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?™ resources.

Abrahms, S. (September 20, 2010). Oh Brother! With parents aging, squabbling siblings turn to elder mediation. AARP Bulletin. Retrieved from

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Angel, J. L. (2007). Inheritance in contemporary America: The social dimensions of giving across generations. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.

Cates, J. N., & Sussman, M. B. (Eds.). (1982). Family systems and inheritance patterns. Marriage and Family Review, 5(3). New York: The Hawthorne Press.

Cohen, R. L. (1987). Distributive justice: Theory and research. Social Justice Research, 1, 19-40.

Drake, D. G., & Lawrence, J. A. (2000). Equality and distributions of inheritance in families. Social Justice Research, 13, 271-290.

Deutsch, M. (1985). Distributive justice. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

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Ekerdt, D., Sergeant, J., Dingel, M., & Bowen, M. (2004). Household disbandment in later life. Journal of Gerontology, 59B, S265-S273.

Finch, J., & Mason, T. (2000). Passing on: Kinship and inheritance in England. London: Routledge.

Folger, R., & Greenberg, G. (1985). Procedural justice: An interpretive analysis of personnel systems. In K. M. Rowland and G. R. Ferris (Eds.), Research in personnel and human resources management: A research annual (pp. 141-183). Greenwich, CT: Elsevier Science Ltd.

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Goodnow, J., & Lawrence, J. (2008). Inheritance events: Perceptions of actions that involve the giving and receiving of things. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1). Retrieved from

Leventhal, G. S., Kurza, J., & Fry, W. R. (1980). Beyond fairness: A theory of allocation preferences. In G. Mikula (Ed.), Justice and Social Interaction (pp. 167-218). New York: Springer-Verlag.

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Price, L., Arnould, E., & Curasi, C. (2000). Older consumers’ disposition of special possessions. The Journal of Consumer Research, 27(2), 179-201.

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Rettig, K. D. (1993). Problem-solving and decision-making processes of families: An ecological framework for integrating family relationships and family resource management. Marriage and Family Review, 18, 187-222.

Sousa, L., Silva, A., Santos, L., & Patrao, M. (2010). The family inheritance process: Motivations and patters and interaction. European Journal of Ageing, 7, 5-15.

Stum, M. (2000). Families and inheritance decisions: Examining non-titled property transfers. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 21(2), 177-202.

Stum, M. (1999). I just want to be fair: Interpersonal justice in intergenerational transfers of non-titled property. Family Relations, 48, 159-166.

Sussman. M. B., Cates, J. N., & Smith, D. T. (1970). The family and inheritance. New York: Sage.

Tayler, J. E., & Norris, J. E. (2000). Sibling relationships, fairness, and conflict over transfer of the farm. Family Relations, 49, 277-283.

Titus. S. L. Rosenblatt. P C. & Anderson, R. M. (1979). Family conflict over inheritance of property. The Family Coordinator, 337-346.

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