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.


MAF1 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) How well do you feel your parents understand you? MOTHER (MAF1)
TOTAL%
1) Not well574.3
2) Not too well967.2
3) Somewhat18313.7
4) Pretty well47135.1
5) Very well38128.4
6) Extremely well15211.3
TOTAL1340100.0

MAF6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) How well do you understand them? MOTHER (MAF6)
TOTAL%
1) Not well211.6
2) Not too well725.4
3) Somewhat1208.9
4) Pretty well41530.9
5) Very well50037.3
6) Extremely well21315.9
TOTAL1341100.0

MAF11 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) Taking everything into consideration, how close do you feel is the relationship between you and your parents? MOTHER (MAF11)
TOTAL%
1) Not close433.2
2) Not too close675.0
3) Somewhat close15111.2
4) Pretty close33124.6
5) Very close43832.6
6) Extremely close31323.3
TOTAL1343100.0

MOMCOMM from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) How is communication between yourself and your parents -- how well can you exchange ideas or talk about things that really concern you? MOTHER (MOMCOMM)
TOTAL%
1) Not good664.9
2) Not too good987.3
3) Some17413.0
4) Pretty good34225.5
5) Very good39529.5
6) Extremely good26619.8
TOTAL1341100.0

MAF12 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) Generally, how well do you and your parents get along together? MOTHER (MAF12)
TOTAL%
1) Not well251.9
2) Not too well372.8
3) Somewhat977.2
4) Pretty well35626.6
5) Very well49036.6
6) Extremely well33424.9
TOTAL1339100.0



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