ERIC Number: EJ720158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
The Role of Ethnicity and Religion in the Social Support System of Older Dutch Canadians
van Dijk, Joanne
Canadian Journal on Aging, v23 n1 p21-34 Spr 2004
This paper focuses on the role of religion and ethnicity in providing social support for elderly Dutch Canadian Catholic and Calvinist parents and in establishing ethno-religious retirement and long-term care facilities. The data come from a 1995 survey of elderly Dutch Canadian immigrants (N=79) and their adult children (N=364) examining intra-ethnic differences in ethnic persistence and parent care. Continuity theory provides the theoretical framework for this study. In the last few decades, second generation Dutch Calvinist immigrants have been busy establishing retirement and long-term care facilities to look after the needs of the older Calvinist generation. Dutch Catholic immigrants have established very few retirement and nursing homes for their elderly members. Ethnic and religious differences influence the kind of support available to elderly Dutch Canadians.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Religion, Retirement, Immigrants, Ethnicity, Catholics, Nursing Homes, Social Support Groups, Surveys, Parents
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