Intergenerational Family Relationships

Research under this sub-heading is dealing with the variety of intergenerational relations within the family, intergenerational transfers and solidarity, as well as with related issues (e.g. geographical proximity, contact frequency, emotional closeness).


Intergenerational relationships in bilingual families

The project explores the role of grandparents in heritage maintenance within minority ethnic linguistic groups, through a comparative study between Welsh grandparents and Italian grandparents, the latter belonging to the migrant communities of South Wales.

Sarah Harper
Robin Mann
Emanuela Bianchera

  Funding: Leverhulme Trust

Intergenerational transfers: a comparison of Asia and Europe

Sarah Harper (Hyperlink)
George Leeson (Hyperlink)
Hafiz Khan (Hyperlink)
  Funding: HSBC

Intergenerational family relations in different welfare state regimes

This piece of research was comparing intergenerational family relations in Denmark, England and Germany – and how they have changed over time, making use of respective national ageing surveys (Danish Longitudinal Future Study, English Longitudinal Study on Ageing, and German Ageing Survey). Evidence for variance in family-structural change was found, reflecting differing demographic trends in these countries. Public attitudes and expectations about intergenerational support/transfers were in line with the welfare mix of the respective welfare state regimes, indicating greater expectations towards the welfare state in Denmark and the dominance of family responsibility in Germany.

George Leeson (Hyperlink)
Andreas Hoff (Hyperlink) 
  Funding: DanAge, Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation 
  Publication: Hoff, A. & Leeson, G. (2006): ‘Change and Continuity of Intergenerational Relations in the Context of Different Welfare State Regimes’. Paper given at the XVI ISA World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa, July 23-29, 2006.


"Older Persons and the Intergenerational Contract in Contemporary South Africa:  Configurations and Reconfigurations in the Context of HIV/AIDS"

South African currently has an estimated 1.2 million HIV/AIDS orphans (UNAIDS, 2006) - a figure predicted to rise to 2.3 million by 2020.  The subsequent result for many older persons (specifically older women) of this phenomenon is their asymmetrical role as constant carers to both their infected children as well as to their orphaned grandchildren.  Based on the narratives of the different generations in multi-generational networks (both HIV/AIDS affected as well as non-effected), this research qualitatively explores the complexity of the experiential aspects of this phenomenon in Mpumalanga, South Africa and how these relate to the understanding of the intergenerational contract.

  Researcher: Jaco Hoffman 
  Funding:  Oppenheim Foundation