S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (사회발전연구소) Development and Society Development and Society Vol.30 No.1/2 (2001)
Intergenerational Differences in the Satisfaction with Co-Residence: A Study of Korean Extended Families
- Sohn, Seong Young
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- Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
- Development and Society, Vol.30 No.1, pp. 171-184
- This research examines differences between the elderly and their co-residing married children on the level of satisfaction with living together in an extended family. Data are analyzed from interviews with 94 pairs of mothers-in-law aged 60 and over and co-residing daughters-in-law in Seoul, Korea. According to the differences of the perception of benefits between the two generations, the subjects are divided into four groups: (1) ‘mother-in-law-benefited’ type; (2) ‘daughter-in-law-benefited’ type; (3) ‘both-highly-benefited’ type; and (4) ‘both-lowly-benefited’ type. The overall results show that mothers-in-law tend to perceive more benefits from co-residence with their adult children and report a higher level of satisfaction than daughters-in-law. The levels of satisfaction with co-residence for each generation are different by type. Both generations in the ‘both-highly-benefited’ type and ‘daughter-in-law-benefited’ type reported higher satisfaction and a lower generation gap in the level of satisfaction than any other types. Suggestions for policies which improve the quality of intergenerational relationships are noted.
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