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.


GCAF11 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] (GCAF11)
TOTAL%
1) Not close224.3
2) Not too close6312.3
3) Somewhat close8516.6
4) Pretty close14628.5
5) Very close15129.5
6) Extremely close458.8
TOTAL512100.0

GCCOMM 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] (GCCOMM)
TOTAL%
1) Not good193.7
2) Not too good479.2
3) Some9017.6
4) Pretty good17033.3
5) Very good13025.5
6) Extremely good5410.6
TOTAL510100.0

GCAF12 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1) Generally, how well do you and this grandchild get along together? [Study grandchild] (GCAF12)
TOTAL%
1) Not well10.2
2) Not too well40.8
3) Somewhat244.7
4) Pretty well11923.3
5) Very well20640.4
6) Extremely well15530.4
8) Dont know10.2
TOTAL510100.0

GCAF1 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1) How well do you feel your grandchild understands you? [Study grandchild] (GCAF1)
TOTAL%
1) Not well152.9
2) Not too well367.1
3) Somewhat6112.0
4) Pretty well21141.4
5) Very well14127.6
6) Extremely well458.8
8) Dont know10.2
TOTAL510100.0

GCAF6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1) How well do you understand him or her? [Study grandchild] (GCAF6)
TOTAL%
1) Not well112.2
2) Not too well367.0
3) Somewhat489.4
4) Pretty well21141.3
5) Very well15630.5
6) Extremely well499.6
TOTAL511100.0



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