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Intergenerational Relationships

Intergenerationale Beziehungen
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Nauck, Bernhard; Steinbach, Anja

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Corporate Editor Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (RatSWD)
Abstract "Intergenerational relationships within family and kinship have become a salient issue in scientific research. Major reasons were intense demographic changes in the 20th century, such as the increased life expectancy in combination with decreased fertility, and its implications for major institutions of the social welfare state. This has resulted in the realization of several larger studies, which may serve for the analysis of the situation of old aged people, such as the German Socio-economic Panel, the Generations and Gender Survey, the Family Survey, the German Aging Survey, the Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, and the Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics. However, an overarching theoretical and research perspective on intergenerational relationships from their creation (fertility) over parenting to the most long-lasting relationship between adults of different generations is still missing. In order to overcome this deficiency, the paper recommends for future data structures to obtain information on intergenerational relationships (1) simultaneously and complete, (2) in a lifespan perspective, (3) from a panel design, and (4) a multi-actor design. Studies should (5) account for cultural variability of intergenerational relationships and (6) for institutional settings in cross-national comparisons." (author's abstract)
Keywords Intergenerational relations; solidarity; population development; life-span; generational family; fertility rate; life expectancy; Federal Republic of Germany; EU; parent-child relationship; gender relations; intercultural comparison; social relations; panel; data capture; research practice; research approach; empirical social research
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Berlin
Page/Pages 20 p.
Series RatSWD Working Paper Series, 116
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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