Personal networks consist of close friends, family members and other trusted people (Wrzus, Hanel, Wagner & Neyer, 2013). Family relationships today, compared to pervious generations, are less duty driven and more focused around personal affection (Lowenstein, Katz & Gur-Yaish, 2007). In most people’s lives, young or old, they are communicating for affection. They are showing that they are concerned about one another and they’re showing that they care about what is going on in each others lives (Fowler, 2009). When older adults are coming from a low socioeconomic and low education background, they are more likely to have a stronger emotional bond with their family and less likely to suffer from some sort of chronic illness (Lowenstein et al., 2007).
Like mentioned before, when parents are coming from poor health, low education and no recent moves, they are more likely to have a close family bond with both their adult children and their siblings (Hank, 2007). The close relationships between the elderly and their family members helps improve their well-being but it also has an impact on the younger generations view on the relationships as well (Sener, Oztop, Dogan & Guven, 2008). In an older adults life, their relationships can be very important. Like sibling relationships, older adults benefit from intergenerational relationships, like with their adult children, for life satisfaction (Lowenstein et al., 2007).
As parents begin aging, they likely to need more support and assistance then what they believe they do (Kim, Zarit, Eggebeen, Birditt, Fingerman, 2011). It has been shown that when children were given both emotional and financial support from their parents when they were young adults, they were morel likely to support their parents socially during later years (Silverstein & Giaruss, 2010). The support and bond between adult children and aging parents is important; it is there to meet every day needs and to keep the relationship between the generations strong (Kim et al., 2011). Not only is it important, but it also plays a significant part of their social network (Sener et al., 2008).
When looking into the adult children and parental relationships, gender can have an affect on how close they are. Studies have reported that parents and children of the same gender, especially mothers and daughters, are more likely to spend more time with one another through face-to-face, or have some sort of constant contact through phone calls and emails, compared to other types of adult children and parent relationship (Zart et al., 2011). As parents get older, it has also been shown that daughters of elderly parents are more likely to care for them (Silverstein & Giaruss, 2010). Despite the distance between the aging parents and adult children, the support and communication between them isn’t going to decrease, it’ll stay about the same (Sener et al., 2008). The support and relationship that an adult child gives to his or...