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The oldest old and their children: how strong are the relationships?
Department of Teacher Education, Abo Akademi University, Vasa.
1992 (English)In: Aging (Milan, Italy), ISSN 0394-9532, Vol. 4, no 4, p. 293-300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Eighty-five-year-old parents (N = 99) and their middle-aged children (N = 58) participated in a study on solidarity in intergenerational relationships in Sweden. The research model utilized evaluated six dimensions of family solidarity: family structures and associational, affectional, consensual, functional and normative solidarity. The finding of close family bonds in most of these areas may be attributed to the fact that the extensive Swedish public home-help system facilitated relationships on more equal terms. While the children were relieved from much responsibility for their parents' needs, most parents did not experience feelings of dependency on their children. It was in fact evident that even very old parents can be a source for help to their children. Children were, however, the main providers for emotional support and this role could not be substituted by formal caregivers.

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1992. Vol. 4, no 4, p. 293-300
Keywords [en]
CONFIDANT, FAMILY, OLDEST OLD, SOLIDARITY, SUPPORT
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Psychology Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-5858ISI: A1992KA68000004PubMedID: 1294244OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-5858DiVA, id: diva2:292066
Available from: 2010-02-04 Created: 2010-02-04 Last updated: 2010-02-04Bibliographically approved

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