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Intergenerational relationsEuropean perspectives in family and society$
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Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300984

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.001.0001

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Intergenerational solidarity in an ageing society: socio-demographic determinants of intergenerational support to elderly parents

Intergenerational solidarity in an ageing society: socio-demographic determinants of intergenerational support to elderly parents

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(p.205) Twelve Intergenerational solidarity in an ageing society: socio-demographic determinants of intergenerational support to elderly parents
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Intergenerational relations
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Susana Coimbra

Luísa A. Ribeiro

Anne Marie Fontaine

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.003.0013

This chapter provides a differential approach to intergenerational solidarity exchanges in western societies. In the first part, the impact of some macrosystemic and structural features on intergenerational solidarity is analysed, questioning some misconceptions beyond generational and socioeconomic status (SES) differences. The current worldwide financial crisis is likely to boost competition between generations for scarce resources. Among the new generation, described as self-focused, intergenerational relationships become increasingly significant but also potentially asymmetrical. Families with less financial resources are often characterised as less solidary, since their life conditions have a considerable impact on variables that affect the common indicators of intergenerational solidarity, such as money transfers, time availability or geographic proximity. The second part of the chapter offers an overview of the main research findings concerning the effects of gender on the characteristics of the provider and of the recipient of support. It focuses on variables which are seen as mitigating the effect of gender on parental support such as the gendered nature of helping tasks, the size and gender composition of the sibling network, and the geographic distance and living arrangements. Moreover, gender differences in motivations for offering support are also explored.

Keywords:   intergenerational solidarity, socioeconomic status, gender, emerging adulthood

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