Intergenerational Structure Of Family

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As an important social institution, family is one of the specialized research interests of sociologists. The structure of family and the interaction between different generations always capture the attention of researchers. In East Asia, especially in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, in which filial norms are the shared moral value of family, profound demographic transformations have been observed during the past years. Meanwhile, the conventional mode of family structure and interactions is also changing accordingly, as indicated by the research of Yasuda et al (2011). To further investigate the pattern of intergeneration relationships of these four societies and the impact of filial piety as well as the conditions of both adult children and parents, a study named “A comparative analysis of intergenerational relations in East Asia” was conducted by Ju-Ping Lin and Chin-Chun Yi (2013).

In this study, intergenerational structure, contact, support, which were derived from the solidarity archetype developed by Bengtson and Schrader (1982), were utilized to indicate the intergenerational relationships. The individual characteristics of adult children, parents demand, and the filial piety was considered to exert influence on the relations between generations. Statistics in this research were extracted from an international survey on these four regions in 2006. Valid samples of this survey, which were comprised of 1849 from China, 1130 from Korea, 1137 from Japan and 1430

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