- 山口県立大学生活科学部研究報告 (ISSN:13444999)
- vol.26, pp.19-24, 2001-03-25
1. The elderly in the later stage of living alone (the elderly, hereafter) have at least one person secured from among their relatives as a helper in case of an emergency. 2. The elderly value strongly their ie (family) tradition and wish to have their land, house and grave inherited by their eldest son. 3. The elderly strive to maintain a positive relationship with their daughter-in-law because she is likely to look after them in the latest stage of their lives. 4. The elderly regard themselves as outsiders to their children's families, because the children form their own family lives. 5. Although the elderly rely on their daughters for daily assistance and emotional interaction, the generations of neither the elderly nor their children tend to entrust the daughters with the family support entirely, because of their attachment to the ie tradition. 6. The elderly struggle to maintain their independence in the midst of the transition from the stem family system to the conjugal family system while being concerned about their diseases and loneliness.