Intergenerational solidarity : An investigation of attitudes towards the responsibility for formal and informal elder care in Australia

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Hodgkin, Suzanne. (2014). Intergenerational solidarity : An investigation of attitudes towards the responsibility for formal and informal elder care in Australia. Health Sociology Review. 23(1), pp. 53-64. https://doi.org/10.5172/hesr.2014.23.1.53
AuthorsHodgkin, Suzanne
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This paper sets out to explore the Australian instance of a significant international problem: Intergenerational solidarity and the willingness of younger generations to support the future care of older people. It draws on Bengston’s intergenerational solidarity theory, in particular his conception of normative solidarity relative to filial obligations, to analyse data from the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes. This data demonstrates evidence of intergenerational solidarity at the policy level and a need for a continued role for government in the provision of residential care, insurance schemes, and the payment of income to full time and occasional carers. At the family level there is less support for the role of adult children in the payment of formal care or the provision of informal care. There is also a significant difference between men and women concerning the direct provision of informal care to ageing parents. Suggestions for future research are highlighted.

Keywordsintergenerational solidarity; sociology; population ageing; formal and informal care
Year2014
JournalHealth Sociology Review
Journal citation23 (1), pp. 53-64
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1446-1242
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5172/hesr.2014.23.1.53
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84908220323
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Page range53-64
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Accepted07 Oct 2013
Deposited09 Aug 2021
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