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Filial Responsibility Expectations and Patterns of Intergenerational Assistance

Gary R. Lee, Julie K. Netzer and Raymond T. Coward
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 56, No. 3 (Aug., 1994), pp. 559-565
DOI: 10.2307/352867
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352867
Page Count: 7
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Filial Responsibility Expectations and Patterns of Intergenerational Assistance
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Abstract

This study tests the association between two dimensions of the theory of intergenerational solidarity (Bengtson & Roberts, 1991)—filial responsibility expectations (a component of normative solidarity) and functional solidarity—on a sample of 387 elderly parents. Filial responsibility expectations are defined as the extent to which adult children are believed to be obligated to support their aging parents. Functional solidarity is measured by aid given by aging parents to their adult children, and aid received by parents from children. Aging parents' filial responsibility expectations are positively related to the amount of aid they give to their children when parental resource variables are controlled, but unrelated to aid received from children.

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