Affectual Solidarity: Measurement, Theoretical Validity, and Dimensionality Public Deposited

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  • Pepin, Katherine
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • This paper reviews the theory and predictions of the Intergenerational Stake Hypothesis (ISH) specifically examining its element of Affectual Solidarity (AS). It looks at past measures of AS, what they show regarding mother and child report congruence, and their weaknesses. Using paired questions and data from all three waves of the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) corresponding to the ISH definition, confirmatory factor analysis is used to create a uni-dimensional measurement instrument of a mother and her adult child's perceived relationship quality of AS. Using this instrument, the implied dimensionality of the latent concept of one shared perception of AS is rejected in favor of separate dimensions for mother and child. Further, it is found, contrary to previous research and ISH prediction, that children are often significantly more positive in ratings of AS than their mothers. A multinomial regression model of socio-demographic characteristics and report congruence is created.
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  • Uhlenberg, Peter
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2006

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