Aiding and Aging: The Coming Crisis in Support for the Elderly by Kin and State

By John Mogey | Go to book overview

14
VARIATIONS IN SUPPORT NETWORKS: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL POLICY

G. Clare Wenger, Said Shahtahmasebi

Most research on elderly people and their relationships with others has concentrated on contacts with and availability of members of the family in terms of help, support, and care. Within this emphasis on family relationships, much more has been written about the role of adult children than any other relative. Less attention has been paid to spouses and the importance of marriage and even less to the roles played in old age by brothers and sisters. There has been some interest in the significance of grandchildren, but this has been primarily focussed on nonadult grandchildren and has not emphasized their role in providing support. Research looking at other relatives has been meager. Outside the family some researchers have discussed friends and neighbors but usually in isolation from relationships with family members ( Wenger, 1987a).

Recent work in the field of social gerontology has moved toward the study of the networks of relationships within which elderly people live (e.g., Corin, 1982, 1987; Kendig, 1986; Stephens et al., 1978; and Wenger 1987b, 1986). Taking the network as the unit, these studies concentrate on the complete web of helping or supportive relationships available to an elderly person, including immediate and extended family, whether or not living in the same household, as well as friends and neighbors.

Representing a further development of the network approach, this chapter presents data from a three-phase longitudinal study of the support networks of old people living in a range of rural communities in North Wales ( United Kingdom), looking at variation, change, stability, and implications for social policy. The first phase of the study consisted of an interview survey of 534 elderly people aged 65 + living in their own homes, which was conducted in 1979. This survey measured the size,

-255-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Aiding and Aging: The Coming Crisis in Support for the Elderly by Kin and State
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 298

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.