Die Enge der Beziehung zwischen erwachsenen Kindern und ihren Eltern - und umgekehrt

Szydlik, Marc
April 1995
Zeitschrift für Soziologie;apr1995, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p75
Academic Journal
This article addresses two main questions: How close is the relation between adult children and their parents in Germany in general? And why are certain intergenerational relations closer than others? Theoretically, four groups of determinants are introduced: opportunity structures, need structures, family structures, and cultural-contextual structures. The empirical analyses, based on data from the German Socio-economic Panel, show that most of the parents and most of the adult children indicate at least some close intergenerational relations. This applies even more to the parents than to the children. The closest relations are those between East German mothers and daughters, the least close those between West German sons and fathers. The analyses indicate that all four groups of determinants are important. By means of descriptive analyses and ordered probit models, the theoretical hypotheses are partly supported, partly refuted and partly differentiated.


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