Family relationships and intergenerational exchange in later life

Family relationships and intergenerational exchange in later life

Christine Millward

Working Paper No. 15 — July 1998

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It is important to explore family relations and supports in the light of the trend toward redistribution of private and public resources for family support services and welfare provision. This paper ties together many aspects of the intergenerational family obligations and exchanges experienced by people aged between 50 and 70 years. It is based on data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies' Later Life Families Study, conducted in late 1996.

This paper examines the interactions and flows of aid up and down between three generations of the same family, with some emphasis on prolonged youth dependency and elder care. Dimensions such as family size, availability and degree of interaction between family members are taken into account, as are the impact of the socio demographic and personal characteristics of the respondents, their adult children and their elderly parents.

Authors and Acknowledgements

Ilene Wolcott, the manager of the Institute's Later Life Families Study, is acknowledged for her advice in planning this working paper, and for comments on drafts.

Thanks are also due to Michael Bittman of the Australian National University in Canberra, and to Trevor Batrouney of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, for helpful comments on drafts of this paper.

Publication details

Working Paper
No. 15
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, July 1998.
50 pp.
ISSN: 
1440-4761
ISBN: 
0 642 3203 5
Suggested citation:

Millward, C. (1998). Family relationships and intergenerational exchange in later life (Working Paper No. 15). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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