Attitudes towards intergenerational support

Families Parenting Financial independence Australia

This paper examines the views of Australians about the obligations between parents and their adult children.

It focuses on 4 questions from the 2012 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA):

  1. Parents should help their adult children financially when the children are having financial difficulty;
  2. Adult children should help their parents financially if they need it;
  3. Parents should let their adult children live with them if they need to; and
  4. Adult children should let their ageing parents live with them if they need to.

Responses are compared by age, gender, educational attainment, country of birth, and whether ever had children. Though some authors have argued that intergenerational conflict will intensify at the macro-level, the findings of this paper suggest that intergenerational solidarity is still strong within families.

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