Sources of helping and intergenerational solidarity: A three-generations study of Mexican Americans

K. S. Markides, J. S. Boldt, L. A. Ray

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Sources of help and advice (other than one's spouse) and degree of intergenerational solidarity were investigated in a three-generation sample of Mexican Americans. It was found that elderly Mexican Americans are involved in strong helping networks with their children who rely a great deal on them for advice and help. In all three generations, there is a predominance of family as sources of support. Women are relied on for help regarding health matters and men regarding home repairs and upkeep. Help and advice regarding financial problems and personal problems fall primarily along same-sex lines. Scales measuring intergenerational solidarity, showed that all-female dyads have greater associational solidarity than all-male and cross-sex dyads. Few differences appear in affectual solidarity which was uniformly high. Finally, there appears to be minimum association and intergenerational helping between grandparents and grandchildren.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-511
Number of pages6
JournalJournals of Gerontology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging

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