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.


MLAWAF11 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-in-law? Mother-in-law: (MLAWAF11)
TOTAL%
1) Not close598.5
2) Not too close8712.6
3) Somewhat close14220.5
4) Pretty close24034.7
5) Very close12417.9
6) Extremely close385.5
8) Dont know/cant decide20.3
TOTAL692100.0

MLAWCOMM from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) How is communication between yourself and your in-laws -- how well can you exchange ideas or talk about things that really concern you? Mother-in-law: (MLAWCOMM)
TOTAL%
1) Not good7110.3
2) Not too good7510.9
3) Some11817.2
4) Pretty good23634.4
5) Very good13519.7
6) Extremely good517.4
8) Dont know/cant decide10.1
TOTAL687100.0

MLAWAF12 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) Generally, how well do you and your in-laws get along together? Your mother-in-law: (MLAWAF12)
TOTAL%
1) Not well243.5
2) Not too well111.6
3) Somewhat527.6
4) Pretty well22032.0
5) Very well27940.6
6) Extremely well9914.4
8) Dont know/cant decide20.3
TOTAL687100.0

MLAWAF1 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) How well do you think your in-laws understand you? Mother-in-law: (MLAWAF1)
TOTAL%
1) Not well476.8
2) Not too well558.0
3) Some13920.2
4) Pretty well29643.0
5) Very well11016.0
6) Extremely well365.2
8) Dont know/cant decide50.7
TOTAL688100.0

MLAWAF6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) How well do you think you understand them? Mother-in-law: (MLAWAF6)
TOTAL%
1) Not well223.2
2) Not too well334.8
3) Some10315.0
4) Pretty well33949.3
5) Very well14320.8
6) Extremely well456.6
8) Dont know/cant decide20.3
TOTAL687100.0



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