ERIC Number: ED172057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Primary Group Contact and Elderly Morale: An Exchange/Power Analysis.
Dowd, James J.; LaRossa, Ralph
Using a sample of 757 middle-aged and older residents of the Atlanta metropolitan region, the relationship between primary group contact and morale was investigated. With a control for sex and dependency, results indicated that: (1) interaction with children has a negative impact on the morale of dependent, older males; (2) visits with children and grandchildren are perceived by the dependent older male as a drama in which the ascending generations legitimize their claims to leadership through a gradual process of situation redefinition; and (3) one manifest result of having to cede control to middle-aged offspring is lower morale on the part of the older male. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC. Federal Council on the Aging.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology.; Georgia State Univ., Atlanta.