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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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
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781351841245
ISBN (Print)0895032015, 9780895032010
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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