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.

GMAF11 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G3) YOU AND YOUR GRANDPARENTS: Now some questions about your relations with your grandparents -- the ones we indicated on the [loose piece of] paper at the beginning of this section. Taking everything into consideration, how close do you feel is the relationship between you and these grandparents? GRANDMOTHER (GMAF11)
1) Not close8611.7
2) Not too close10213.9
3) Somewhat close16422.4
4) Pretty close18024.6
5) Very close11916.2
6) Extremely close8111.1
8) Dont know10.1

GMCOMM from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G3) How is communication between yourself and your grandparents -- how well can you exchange ideas or talk about things that really concern you? GRANDMOTHER (GMCOMM)
1) Not good12717.3
2) Not too good12817.5
3) Somewhat good19025.9
4) Pretty good16722.8
5) Very good7310.0
6) Extremely good435.9
8) Dont know50.7

GMAF12 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G3) Generally, how well do you and your grandparents get along together? GRANDMOTHER (GMAF12)
1) Not well162.2
2) Not too well243.3
3) Somewhat well669.1
4) Pretty well23131.8
5) Very well23332.0
6) Extremely well15020.6
8) Dont know71.0

GMAF1 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G3) How well do you feel your grandparents understand you? GRANDMOTHER (GMAF1)
1) Not well9012.4
2) Not too well9713.3
3) Somewhat well19626.9
4) Pretty well23131.7
5) Very well719.8
6) Extremely well304.1
8) Dont know131.8

GMAF6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G3) How well do you understand them? GRANDMOTHER (GMAF6)
1) Not well476.4
2) Not too well719.7
3) Somewhat well17524.0
4) Pretty well28138.5
5) Very well9613.2
6) Extremely well476.4
8) Dont know121.6

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