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dc.titleGiving help in return: Family reciprocity by older Singaporeans
dc.contributor.authorVerbrugge, L.M.
dc.contributor.authorChan, A.
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-13T05:32:04Z
dc.date.available2016-12-13T05:32:04Z
dc.date.issued2008-01
dc.identifier.citationVerbrugge, L.M., Chan, A. (2008-01). Giving help in return: Family reciprocity by older Singaporeans. Ageing and Society 28 (1) : 5-34. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.identifier.issn0144686X
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/132402
dc.description.abstractReciprocity is a powerful principle in social ties. The ethos of family reciprocity is especially strong in Asian societies. We study contemporaneous family exchanges, hypothesising that the more current help older Singaporeans receive from family, the more they give in return. Cross-sectional analyses were undertaken of data from two national Singapore surveys conducted in 1995 and 1999. The help received by older people is measured by income and cash support, payment of household expenses by others, having a companion for away-from-home activities, and having a principal carer. The help given by older people is measured by baby-sitting, doing household chores, giving financial help to children, and advising on family matters. Multivariate models are used to examine the factors that affect an older person's ability and willingness to give help. The results show that the more financial support Singapore seniors received from kin, the more baby-sitting and chores they provided. In their swiftly modernising society, Singapore seniors are maintaining family reciprocity by giving time in return for money. We discuss how during the coming decades, reciprocity in Southeast and East Asian societies may shift from instrumental to more affective behaviours. © 2008 Cambridge University Press.
dc.description.urihttp://libproxy1.nus.edu.sg/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X07006447
dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectElderly people
dc.subjectFamily
dc.subjectHelp
dc.subjectIntergenerational transfer
dc.subjectReciprocity
dc.subjectSingapore
dc.subjectSocial exchange
dc.subjectSoutheast Asia
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentSOCIOLOGY
dc.description.sourcetitleAgeing and Society
dc.description.volume28
dc.description.issue1
dc.description.page5-34
dc.identifier.isiut000260335200002
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