Intergenerational Exchanges and Social Networks of Italian Active Elders: A Quantitative Analysis

By Giovanna Rossi, Donatella Bramanti and Stefania Giada Meda.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Our work is focused on active ageing and intergenerational exchanges at the level of values and personal orientations, as well as relational networks. Analyses are based on the data gathered through a national survey (N=900, 65–74 years; http://anzianiinrete.wordpress.com). Following literature review and meta-analysis of SHARE data (Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe), we measured structural and cultural factors that favor or hinder the likelihood of putting in place forms of intergenerational exchange on the side of the active elders (65–74 years). We also identified elements of ambivalence interfering with active ageing, which is defined as the propensity to be engaged in activities for oneself or for the others in later life. Data analysis was performed through synthetic indexes, a cluster analysis, and social network analysis as well as logistic regression (Maximum Likelihood Estimation method). The analyses confirm the existence of a relationship between the magnitude of social networks and the propensity to exchange with other generations. They also confirm the importance of value orientations and experience. In conclusion, believing in the importance of intergenerational solidarity and drawing a positive balance in one’s experience as a parent are strictly related with the capability to support the youngest and the oldest.

Keywords: Active Aging, Intergenerational Exchanges, Social Networks

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.27-45. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 24, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 879.804KB)).

Prof. Giovanna Rossi

Full Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Sociology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy

Prof. Donatella Bramanti

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Department of Sociology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy

Stefania Giada Meda

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Sociology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy