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The 15-item Heller Familism Scale was developed in 1970 to measure attitudes toward familism. Higher scores indicate higher levels of familism.

This is a shortened version of the original 15-item Heller Familism Scale. http://sociology-data.sju.edu/22100/22100LongitudinalGenerations.pdf

Data File: Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

Source: Heller, Peter L. 1970. "Familism Scale: A Measure of Family Solidarity." Journal of Marriage and Family 32(1):73-80.


General Instructions:

For all items, set '9: Response not codable' to missing.

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


OP171R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) As many activities as possible should be shared by married children and their parents (OP171R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree19810.6
2) Agree91849.0
3) Disagree71438.1
4) Strongly disagree382.0
9) Response not codable50.3
TOTAL1873100.0

OP180R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) It is the responsibility of adult children to be with their parent in time of serious illness even if the children have moved some distance away from the parents (OP180R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree36919.8
2) Agree1,05756.6
3) Disagree39521.2
4) Strongly disagree341.8
9) Response not codable110.6
TOTAL1866100.0

OP176R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) Marriage should be regarded as extending established families, not just creating new ones (OP176R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree28915.7
2) Agree1,20865.6
3) Disagree29616.1
4) Strongly disagree372.0
9) Response not codable120.7
TOTAL1842100.0

OP193R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) Children of elderly parents have as much responsibility for the welfare of their parents as they have for the welfare of their own children (OP193R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree1699.1
2) Somewhat agree96251.9
3) Somewhat disagree65135.1
4) Strongly disagree663.6
9) Response not codable70.4
TOTAL1855100.0

OP031R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) If a person finds that the life-style he/she has chosen runs so against his familys values that conflict develops, he/she should change (OP031R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree633.4
2) Somewhat agree45824.7
3) Somewhat disagree1,01854.9
4) Strongly disagree29816.1
9) Response not codable170.9
TOTAL1854100.0

OP182R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) Children owe it to their parents to place family objectives above personal aspirations (OP182R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree351.8
2) Somewhat agree33117.3
3) Somewhat disagree1,34170.0
4) Strongly disagree20310.6
9) Response not codable70.4
TOTAL1917100.0

OP028R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) A person should talk over important life decisions (such as marriage, employment, and residence) with family members before taking action (OP028R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree22711.8
2) Somewhat agree1,13959.3
3) Somewhat disagree49825.9
4) Strongly disagree502.6
9) Response not codable70.4
TOTAL1921100.0

OP178R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) Family members should give more weight to each others opinions than to the opinions of outsiders (OP178R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree41921.8
2) Somewhat agree1,03654.0
3) Somewhat disagree42222.0
4) Strongly disagree301.6
9) Response not codable120.6
TOTAL1919100.0

OP181R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) Adult children should live close to their parents so that mutual aid and cooperation might be better carried on (OP181R7)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree351.8
2) Somewhat agree42222.0
3) Somewhat disagree1,26465.8
4) Strongly disagree19210.0
9) Response not codable70.4
TOTAL1920100.0



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