Intergenerational solidarity: Dualities in the evolution of a paradigm

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This chapter reviews the history and evolution of the intergenerational solidarity paradigm, a model for representing and understanding interpersonal relationships between adult generations in the family. Solidarity has resonance with the dualisms found in positive psychology in its representation of both negative and positive polarities in intergenerational relationships, as well as the co-occurrence of cohesion and friction in these relationships. Specifically, the following underlying dualities of solidarity are discussed: (1) latent solidarity and manifest solidarity, (2) emotional closeness in relation to conflict and the concept of ambivalence, and (3) within-family differentiation in solidarity based on favoritism and generational position. Research questions for the future are posed at the conclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780199396511
StatePublished - Mar 7 2016


  • Emotional closeness
  • Intergenerational relations
  • Intergenerational solidarity paradigm
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Latent solidarity
  • Manifest solidarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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