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Nadežda Kovalčíková, Andrea Bánovčinová

Intergenerational Solidarity from the Perspective of Different Generations


OBJECTIVES: The study is aimed at identifying the effect of selected factors on the intergenerational solidarity perception as seen by three generations. THEORETICAL BASE: Intergenerational solidarity represents an important aspect of family functioning from all generations’ viewpoints, especially today, when a family is confronted with many problems that change the family internally, and where the external view of the family changes as well. Despite this fact, the family background remains the primary environment in the event of a particular need in which the family finds itself. (Filadelfiová et al., 1997) METHODS: A self-compiled questionnaire was used to collect the data, which included questions and statements copying the six Bengston solidarity dimensions. OUTCOMES: Survey results demonstrated significant differences in the intergenerational solidarity perception in terms of age, gender, family status, income, cohabitation and the presence of children in a family, as well as the position on the labour market. The differences were also reported, in particular solidarity dimensions perception. SOCIAL WORK IMPLICATIONS: The results showed willingness to support and help in generational relationships, which is positive for social work as research findings. On the other hand, it is a challenge to maintain this positive trend and to optimise possible forms of support interventions for family members in the care of their dependent member.


solidarity, family, generations, dimensions of solidarity, family relations

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