Intergenerational relationships and aging: Families, cohorts, and social change

Vern Bengtson, Timothy J. Biblarz, Edward Clarke, Roseann Giarrusso, Robert E.L. Roberts, Judith Richlin-Klonsky, Merril Silverstein

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Abstract

This chapter addresses issues in the continuing drama of intergenerational relationships, focusing on families, aging, and social change. It focuses on data concerning: the "American family decline" debate; solidarity and conflict within multigenerational families; and solidarity and conflict between age cohorts. Based on the discussion a model for research on multigenerational family relationships over time is developed, leading to a speculative forecasting of intergenerational relationships in the early twenty-first century. A. S. Rossi and P. H. Rossi have documented the extensiveness of intergenerational solidarity in their Boston-area study–providing a model for the complexities of "bonding" activities involving older and younger generational kin. M. Silverstein and V. L. Bengtson examine the long-term consequences of parent-child solidarity over time in the Longitudinal Study of Generations, and find that close ties enhance not only the psychological well-being but also the survival of aging parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Gerontological Prism
Subtitle of host publicationDeveloping Interdisciplinary Bridges
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages115-147
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781351841245
ISBN (Print)0895032015, 9780895032010
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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    Bengtson, V., Biblarz, T. J., Clarke, E., Giarrusso, R., Roberts, R. E. L., Richlin-Klonsky, J., & Silverstein, M. (2018). Intergenerational relationships and aging: Families, cohorts, and social change. In The Gerontological Prism: Developing Interdisciplinary Bridges (pp. 115-147). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315223551-6