Measurement Wizard > Multi-Item Measures > Attachment/Solidarity > Affection

This additive scale displays the degree of emotional closeness between generations. Respondents are asked a series of questions about their parents, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, grandparents, and great-grandparents, with responses ranging from "not at all," or "not at all close" to "extremely well," or "extremely close."

Data File: Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

Source: Bengtson, Vern L. and Roberts, Robert E. 1991. "Intergenerational Solidarity in Aging Families: An Example of Formal Theory Construction." Journal of Marriage and the Family 53:856-70.


General Instructions:

Scoring system for original scale: http://sociology-data.sju.edu/22100/22100LongitudinalGenerations.pdf (ICPSR document)

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


GC2AF11 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1) Taking everything into consideration, how close do you feel is the relationship between you and this grandchild? [Study grandchild 2] (GC2AF11)
TOTAL%
1) Not close52.8
2) Not too close148.0
3) Somewhat close2514.2
4) Pretty close6436.4
5) Very close5833.0
6) Extremely close105.7
TOTAL176100.0

GC2COMM from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1) How is communication between yourself and this grandchild -- how well can you exchange ideas or talk about things that really concern you? [Study grandchild 2] (GC2COMM)
TOTAL%
1) Not good63.4
2) Not too good105.7
3) Somewhat good2212.5
4) Pretty good7240.9
5) Very good5933.5
6) Extremely good74.0
TOTAL176100.0

GC2AF12 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1) Generally, how well do you and this grandchild get along together? [Study grandchild 2] (GC2AF12)
TOTAL%
2) Not too well10.6
3) Somewhat well52.9
4) Pretty well3520.0
5) Very well9453.7
6) Extremely well4022.9
TOTAL175100.0

GC2AF1 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1) How well do you feel your grandchild understands you? [Study grandchild 2] (GC2AF1)
TOTAL%
1) Not well10.6
2) Not too well52.9
3) Somewhat well2212.6
4) Pretty well7844.6
5) Very well5833.1
6) Extremely well105.7
8) Dont know10.6
TOTAL175100.0

GC2AF6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1) How well do you understand him or her? [Study grandchild 2] (GC2AF6)
TOTAL%
1) Not well31.7
2) Not too well105.7
3) Some137.4
4) Pretty well7643.4
5) Very well6235.4
6) Extremely well116.3
TOTAL175100.0



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