The Model of Intergenerational Relation in Balinese Family


Change of family structure becomes something relevant to be studied in the era of ageing population. In 2030 it is predicted that the family structure will tend to form an inverted pyramid, where the number of older people in the family is more than that of adults and children. Change of family structure has an impact on changes in the patterns of intergenerational relations in the family. Economic advancement and high population mobility make the interaction between generations in the family lessen. The subsequent growing issue is on intergenerational relations and the role of caregiving for older people in the era of ageing population. This research conducted in Bali by taking into account that Bali is one of the provinces with the largest number of older people in Indonesia. The next unique characteristic is that the Balinese Hindu community embraces a patrilineal kinship system, where caregiving for older people is provided by sons and daughters-in-law in a family. Contrary to some research related to older people caregivers, which suggests that daughter take a significant role in comparison to son. The aims of the study were to discover the model of intergenerational relation in Balinese family. The research was qualitative study using grounded theory. There were 15 participants, above 60 years old, who live in urban area in Bali. The results showed six major themes in family, namely the couple interaction, parents and children interaction, grandparents and grandchildren interaction, kinship, generation gap, and the meaning of family.

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Made Diah Lestari, Udayana University, Indonesia
Ni Putu Eka Yulias Puspitasari, Udayana University, Indonesia
Olvi Aldina Perry, Udayana University, Indonesia
Ratna Dewi Santosa, Udayana University, Indonesia

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Conference: AGEN2017
Stream: Aging and Gerontology

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