Balance in social support exchange and discontinuation of young-old’s personal relationships in three birth cohorts

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

Societal changes and an increase in personal resources are likely to have an impact on the personal relationships of cohorts coming of age. We expect that, in recent times, (1) relationships more often strike a balance in exchanged instrumental and emotional support and (2) relationships are discontinued more often when there is no balance in exchanged instrumental and emotional support, particularly among nonkin. We compare three birth cohorts from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, aged 55–64 years at baseline (early cohort: born in 1928–1937, interviewed in 1992; middle cohort: born in 1938–1947, interviewed in 2002; late cohort: born in 1948–1957, interviewed in 2012). The results indicate that, in the middle and late birth cohorts, personal relationships are more often characterized by a balance in social support exchanges compared to the early cohort. No cohort differences in the effect of balance on relationship discontinuation are observed. The results suggest increased opportunities and preferences of young-olds to maintain balance in their personal relationships.

LanguageEnglish
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2019

Fingerprint

Social Support
social support
Aging of materials
Parturition
Longitudinal Studies
resources

Keywords

  • Cohort differences
  • individualization
  • relationship maintenance
  • social change
  • social support
  • sociology

Cite this

@article{5b2e4d3a95dc417b8a7da80622162bbe,
title = "Balance in social support exchange and discontinuation of young-old’s personal relationships in three birth cohorts",
abstract = "Societal changes and an increase in personal resources are likely to have an impact on the personal relationships of cohorts coming of age. We expect that, in recent times, (1) relationships more often strike a balance in exchanged instrumental and emotional support and (2) relationships are discontinued more often when there is no balance in exchanged instrumental and emotional support, particularly among nonkin. We compare three birth cohorts from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, aged 55–64 years at baseline (early cohort: born in 1928–1937, interviewed in 1992; middle cohort: born in 1938–1947, interviewed in 2002; late cohort: born in 1948–1957, interviewed in 2012). The results indicate that, in the middle and late birth cohorts, personal relationships are more often characterized by a balance in social support exchanges compared to the early cohort. No cohort differences in the effect of balance on relationship discontinuation are observed. The results suggest increased opportunities and preferences of young-olds to maintain balance in their personal relationships.",
keywords = "Cohort differences, individualization, relationship maintenance, social change, social support, sociology",
author = "Bianca Suanet and {van Tilburg}, {Theo G.}",
year = "2019",
month = "1",
day = "9",
doi = "10.1177/0265407518822779",
language = "English",
pages = "1--18",
journal = "Journal of Social and Personal Relationships",
issn = "0265-4075",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Balance in social support exchange and discontinuation of young-old’s personal relationships in three birth cohorts

AU - Suanet, Bianca

AU - van Tilburg, Theo G.

PY - 2019/1/9

Y1 - 2019/1/9

N2 - Societal changes and an increase in personal resources are likely to have an impact on the personal relationships of cohorts coming of age. We expect that, in recent times, (1) relationships more often strike a balance in exchanged instrumental and emotional support and (2) relationships are discontinued more often when there is no balance in exchanged instrumental and emotional support, particularly among nonkin. We compare three birth cohorts from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, aged 55–64 years at baseline (early cohort: born in 1928–1937, interviewed in 1992; middle cohort: born in 1938–1947, interviewed in 2002; late cohort: born in 1948–1957, interviewed in 2012). The results indicate that, in the middle and late birth cohorts, personal relationships are more often characterized by a balance in social support exchanges compared to the early cohort. No cohort differences in the effect of balance on relationship discontinuation are observed. The results suggest increased opportunities and preferences of young-olds to maintain balance in their personal relationships.

AB - Societal changes and an increase in personal resources are likely to have an impact on the personal relationships of cohorts coming of age. We expect that, in recent times, (1) relationships more often strike a balance in exchanged instrumental and emotional support and (2) relationships are discontinued more often when there is no balance in exchanged instrumental and emotional support, particularly among nonkin. We compare three birth cohorts from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, aged 55–64 years at baseline (early cohort: born in 1928–1937, interviewed in 1992; middle cohort: born in 1938–1947, interviewed in 2002; late cohort: born in 1948–1957, interviewed in 2012). The results indicate that, in the middle and late birth cohorts, personal relationships are more often characterized by a balance in social support exchanges compared to the early cohort. No cohort differences in the effect of balance on relationship discontinuation are observed. The results suggest increased opportunities and preferences of young-olds to maintain balance in their personal relationships.

KW - Cohort differences

KW - individualization

KW - relationship maintenance

KW - social change

KW - social support

KW - sociology

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85060065538&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85060065538&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0265407518822779

DO - 10.1177/0265407518822779

M3 - Article

SP - 1

EP - 18

JO - Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

T2 - Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

JF - Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

SN - 0265-4075

ER -