ERIC Number: ED035028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Changing Kinship Roles and Patterns Among Older Persons in a Black Community.
Jackson, Jacquelyne Johnson
A description and comparison of kinship relations among older and younger blacks and the changing conceptualizations of growing old and the changing status of older persons are presented. The sample consisted of 198 younger (under 50) and older (over 50) blacks in a low income area within a Southern city. The three major areas studied under kinship relations included interactional activities, mutual assistance patterns and subjective patterns of kinship relations. Regarding the changing conceptions of growing old, the younger persons were rejective of old age while older persons tended to emphasize some advantage, in addition to negative factors. With the probable increase in the number of unhealthy older blacks and negative attitudes toward the aged the status of the aged black will probably tend to more nearly approximate that of the elderly white. The maintenance of effective kinship relations however provides some base for companionship and assistance in old age and unless too many social workers interfere black communities will continue to maintain the greatest amount of support and comfort for the elderly and their aged will continue to try and be useful. (RM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Duke Univ., Durham, NC. Medical Center.; Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C., August 31--September 4, 1969