Chapter 5 Devore

Chapter 5 Devore - Gerentology - Chapter 5 Book Notes -

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Gerentology - Chapter 5 Book Notes - Friends/Family/Communiy Family Development in Later Life later life is not a static stagnant time for older family members. Transitions lead to changed perceptions/interdependence shifts. Adjusting to death of a spouse can be most challenging of all changes in life. Marriages more likely to last 50-60 years. Kin relationships last much longer now than they did in past generations. Elders in Kin Structure A person's confidant in life is typically a close family member - a spouse/child. Only when a closely related family member is unavailable, does a friend rather than a relative act as a confidant. The Elder Sibling Relationship w/ sibling is the longest relationship you have in life. It can be emotinoally intense due to duration/childhood shared experiences. Siblings support each other in social environment, but can cause problems in development of social bonds. Bonds btwb sibligns are life long and are second only to mother-child ties in intenisity. Most elders have an living sibling . The parents of todays elderly make many more kids than the elders did themselves. Birthrate is 2kids/couple, we can expect fewer children and fewer siblings. Baby boomers = first cohort in history to have more siblings than kids. Family support system will be smaller in the years ahead cuz of this. Adult siblings fall outside the nuclear family structure . Result = overlooked by researchers. When sibling ties are ranked by level of obligation within the family, the tie is usually less binding than that of a marriage or parent to chld. Connidis/Campbell: established hypothesis for a study on sibling relationships after fconducting literature review of middle/later life sibling relatinships. Findings imply that to understand support and emtional closeness of family in later life, we must understand sibling relaitnships too. Siblings are not considered extended family. btwn 78-94% older people reported having a sibling. They maintain contact, which increases with age. Not in a single study dud more than 10% of respondents report losing complete contact w/ sibling. Gold: reported that majority of elder siblings view their relationships positively . Greatest life regret = failed sibling relationship. The 2 highest times of interest/involvmet in life course in sibling relationship is in youth and in late life. Research reports the bond to be more forgiving, mutually warmer, and more interested in one another in late life. Variations in Kin Relations Relationships among kin members vary by sex, social class, and locale (urban or suburban). Females maintain closer relationships with other family members than males . Stronger norms of obligation/feelings of attachment to
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