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: (ICPSR document)

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

FLAWAF11 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? Father-in-law: (FLAWAF11)
1) Not close528.4
2) Not too close8914.4
3) Somewhat close12720.5
4) Pretty close22035.5
5) Very close10116.3
6) Extremely close294.7
8) Dont know/cant decide20.3

FLAWCOMM 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? Father-in-law: (FLAWCOMM)
1) Not good619.9
2) Not too good7912.8
3) Some12019.4
4) Pretty good20332.9
5) Very good11218.2
6) Extremely good426.8

FLAWAF12 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) Generally, how well do you and your in-laws get along together? Your father-in-law: (FLAWAF12)
1) Not well122.0
2) Not too well122.0
3) Somewhat386.2
4) Pretty well21034.1
5) Very well25040.7
6) Extremely well9014.6
8) Dont know/cant decide30.5

FLAWAF1 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) How well do you think your in-laws understand you? Father-in-law (FLAWAF1)
1) Not well355.7
2) Not too well6410.4
3) Somewhat11719.0
4) Pretty well25841.9
5) Very well10717.4
6) Extremely well294.7
8) Dont know/cant decide61.0

FLAWAF6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G2, G3) How well do you think you understand them? Father-in-law: (FLAWAF6)
1) Not well172.8
2) Not too well426.8
3) Somewhat8613.9
4) Pretty well29948.4
5) Very well13521.8
6) Extremely well355.7
8) Dont know/cant decide40.6

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