Intergenerational support: A comparison between Russian and German adult daughters

Klug, Tatjana; Mayer, Boris; Sudjin, Sergej; Trommsdorff, Gisela (2009). Intergenerational support: A comparison between Russian and German adult daughters. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation, 29(1), pp. 45-59. Juventa-Verl.

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The aim of this study is a Russian-German cross-cultural comparison of the actual support and the readiness for support that adult daughters give to their parents as well as of the conditions for this support. Compared to Russia, Germany can be characterized by a more individualistic value system and a fully developed social-welfare system. Therefore, the extent of intergenerational support should be less in Germany than in Russia. Furthermore, the study attempts to test if the support-related differences between the two countries are mediated by differences in cultural values. The participants were German and Russian adult daughters who at the same time were mothers of adolescent children. The cross-cultural comparisons showed that compared to their German counterparts, Russian adult daughters reported more current support as well as a higher readiness for future support. These differences were mediated through a higher emotional interdependence (intimacy) of the Russian adult daughters, as well as through their considerably higher family values and norm-oriented motives for support. The results are discussed with regard to theoretical approaches regarding parent-child relations and the culture-specific meaning of intergenerational support in Russia and Germany.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Boris


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology








Boris Mayer

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2014 11:34

Last Modified:

24 Jun 2015 08:22

Additional Information:

Notes: 415KQ Times Cited:0 Cited References Count:58 ISI:000263933100005

Uncontrolled Keywords:

intergenerational support, value orientations, parent-child-relationship, cross-cultural comparison, social support, individualism, collectivism, children, parents, values, family




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