Intergenerational Transfers: Associations with Adult Children’s Emotional Support of Their Parents

  • Sabrina Sommer
  • Heike M. Buhl


This study investigates how different factors in regard to intergenerational relationships are associated with emotional support given by adults to their parents. The analysis focuses on adult children and their parents in a representative German sample. Data were obtained from the second wave of the German Family Panel (pairfam) consisting of 2064 women and 1841 men. Results show that transfer of emotional support by the adult children was especially associated not only with received emotional support from parents, but also with affection, conflicts, and expectations concerning parents. A moderator analysis focuses on gender and showed differences for the association between given support by adults and conflicts between mothers and fathers. For the offspring, no gender effects were found.


Intergenerational relationships Emotional support Solidarity Adult children Gender 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational and Development PsychologyPaderborn UniversityPaderbornGermany

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