DeBurger, James E.
January 1977
International Journal of Sociology of the Family;Jan77, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p61
Academic Journal
The article focuses on relations of elderly parents with their offsprings. The exploratory study reported in the article pursues the question of how various situational factors may be associated with elderly parents' interaction with their offspring, with a special emphasis on the quality of such relations. Researchers and professionals have recognized for many years that a great deal of contact occurs between generational levels of the family and that such contacts may include an exchange of services, aid and affection. Researcher M.B. Sussman's early work and the data produced by other investigators have provided quantitative documentation of patterns of contact, aid and services depicting the extended kin network as a functioning system. Researcher L.E. Troll has indicated, however, that much of the scholarly investigation of intergenerational relations has been reported in terms of quantity rather than quality of contact between generations. A perusal of the literature shows relatively little research on the qualitative aspects per se of parent's interaction with their offspring, as compared with studies focusing on patterns of economic aid, contact and services exchanged.


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