Measurement of intergenerational relations

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This is the first systematic attempt to describe and measure family relationships between generations across the life-course. The authors report results of a research programme focusing on intergenerational solidarity within families, based on an unusual three-generation study. Theoretical, conceptual and measurement issues are also presented focusing on six dimensions of family interaction.

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Solidarity Integration and Cohesion
Measuring Intergenerational Family Relations

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About the author (1988)

Vern L. Bengston, PhD, is AARP/University Chair in Gerontology and Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He received his BA in 1959 at North Park College and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1963. He directs the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which he began at U.S.C. in 1970, and continues to be involved in research on the sociology of the life course, socialization, ethnicity, and aging. His publications include "The Social Psychology of Aging "(1973), "Youth, Generations, and Social Change "(with Robert Laufer, 1974), "Grandparenthood "(with Joan Robertson, 1985), "The Measurement of Intergenerational Relations "(with David Mangen and Pierre Landry, 1987) as well as two volumes recently published by Springer Publishing Company: "Intergenerational Linkages: Hidden Connections in American Society "(edited with Robert Harootyan, 1994) and "Adult Intergenerational Relations: Effects of Societal Change "(edited with Linda M. Burton and K. Warner Schaie). He has published over 170 papers in professional journals and books on aging, the life course, and families. He has been a member of review panels for the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging; he has twice won the Reuben Hill Award for outstanding research on theory on the family, presented by the National Council on Family Relations; and most recently he has been honored by the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Scholar Award from the Section on Aging.

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