Adult children providing support to their aging parents: mixed motives over the family life course | University of Oxford

Adult children providing support to their aging parents: mixed motives over the family life course

Speaker
Professor Merril Silverstein, Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 14:30
Venue
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BD
Venue details

Corner of Catte and Holywell Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
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Speaker: Professor Merril Silverstein, Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing & the Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging, Aging Studies Institute, Syracuse University, USA

Summary: This presentation explores the question of why adult children provide support and care to their older parents. Absent strong bio-evolutionary hypotheses, the effort to understand these motives has largely focused on social explanations, primarily those related to social-affective connections and the norm of reciprocity. Using data from a multi-panel and multi-generational data set, Professor Silverstein will present evidence for long-term reciprocity and family culture as forces that drive support provision from children. He will then theoretically integrate micro-family interactions within the broader social contexts of culture and the welfare state to develop an emergent framework of intergenerational exchanges under the concept of moral capital.