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Satisfaction among rural and urban Japanese elderly in three-generation families
Author(s)Fumie Kumagai
Journal titleJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, vol 2, no 3, July 1987
Pagespp 225-239
KeywordsLife satisfaction ; Multi generation families ; Regional ; Cross cultural surveys ; Japan.
AnnotationFor the purposes of testing an assumption on the dual nature of ageing in Japanese society, this study compared and contrasted three-generation adult families in Yamato-machi, a rural town in northern Japan and in Setagaya-ku, an urban ward in Tokyo. The average ages for each generation in the study were G1=85, G2=60, and G3=35. The findings reveal regional variation in basic demographic characteristics such as population density, family size, proportions of older people 60 and over and 90 and over, as well as the prevalence of three-generation family households. This supports the existence of dual patterns of ageing in Japan. The data also show significant differences between these regional sectors in the level of educational and economic conditions of older people. However, measures of the extent of satisfaction do not reveal any significant difference between rural and urban older people. It is suspected that this is because only three-generation healthy families were interviewed in this study. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930810094
ClassmarkF:5HH: SJC: 5CP: 3KA: 7DT

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