Generational Solidarity in Europe

Aviad Tur-Sinai, Dafna Halperin, R. Katz, Ariela Lowenstein

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This study explored various dimensions of generational relationships between older parents and their adult children using the latest waves of SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe). Intergenerational solidarity model served as the main conceptual framework. Analyses yielded four family relationship types present in all countries, albeit with different frequencies. Around half of the respondents in the comparing countries were identified with close ties and flow of support. Four conclusions were drawn: (1) importance of personal resources; (2) cultural differences and meanings for families; (3) highlighting within-country difference; and (4) strength of intergenerational solidarity. Using a cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis among parents and their adult children revealed the importance of understanding generational relationships in the current era, characterized with higher longevity and changing family structures. Implications for theory, research and policy are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378
Number of pages1
JournalInnovation in Aging
Issue numbersuppl_1
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017


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