Population ageing today affects most industrialised countries, and it will have an impact on many facets of the social system. Intergenerational relationships will play a key role in dealing with the demographical and societal change. This book provides innovative views in the multidisciplinary research field of intergenerational family relations in society, with a focus on Europe. Different, but complementary, perspectives are integrated in one volume bringing together international scholars from sociology, psychology and economics. The book's chapters are grouped into three thematic sections which cover conceptual issues, multigenerational and cross-cultural perspectives, as well as applied issues. Implications for research, policy and practice are addressed and suggestions for future directions are discussed. By raising recent discussions on controversial issues, this book will stimulate the current discourse at various levels. Intergenerational relations in society and family will be equally interesting for researchers, advanced-level students and stakeholders in the fields of social policy, population ageing and intergenerational family relationships.
Isabelle Albert is Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) in the area of generations and development across the lifespan. Her research interests include the intergenerational transmission of values and family relations in a cross-cultural perspective. Dieter Ferring is Professor of Developmental Psychology and Geropsychology, and Head of the Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development at the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg. His main research areas lie within lifespan developmental psychology and psychogerontology.
Introduction ~ Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring; Part I: Conceptual issues regarding intergenerational relations; Demographic ageing, labour market regulation and intergenerational relations ~ Amilcar Moreira; Intergenerational solidarity in families: interplay between the family and the state ~ Kairi Kasearu and Dagmar Kutsar; Intergenerational ambivalence: beyond solidarity and conflict ~ Kurt Luscher and Andreas Hoff; Intergenerational policy and the study of intergenerational relationships: a tentative proposal ~ Kurt Luscher; Part II: Multigenerational and cross-cultural perspectives; Intergenerational congruence of attachment: limitations of findings ~ Katarzyna Lubiewska; Value transmission between parents and their adolescent children: the process and its outcomes. A psycho-social perspective ~ Daniela Barni, Rosa Rosnati and Sonia Ranieri; Value orientations and perception of social change in postcommunist Romania ~ Mihaela Friedlmeier and Alin Gavreliuc; Intergenerational conflict: the case of adult children and their parents ~ Beate Schwarz; Grandparent-grandchild relations in a changing society: different types and roles ~ Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring; Family Change Theory: a preliminary evaluation on the basis of recent cross-cultural studies ~ Boris Mayer; Part III: Applied issues and practical focus; How does family sociology contribute to the definition and measurement of a family care concept for elderly persons? ~ Amandine Masuy; Intergenerational solidarity in an ageing society: socio-demographic determinants of intergenerational support to elderly parents ~ Susana Coimbra, Luisa A. Ribeiro and Anne Marie Fontaine; Family caregiving for older people from a life-span developmental point of view ~ Thomas Boll and Dieter Ferring; Epilogue ~ Dieter Ferring and Isabelle Albert.