Title

Intergenerational relationships in families influenced by war: A study of Vietnamese war survivors

Alternative Title

War in the life course and family relationships: An analysis of parent-child relationships among northern Vietnamese war survivors

Publication Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

7-2017

Abstract

Research conducted among U.S. veterans demonstrates that war exposure and PTSD can strain the very family relationships that lend support for post-conflict readjustment, but can also generate uniquely supportive service-based friendships. We need to better understand how military service and war exposure influence intergenerational relationships in less developed, post-conflict settings where war’s violence has concentrated, and where family systems are central to old-age support. We contribute to scholarship on military service and older adult wellbeing by assessing structures and quality of family relationships among Vietnamese older adult war survivors, a population whose widely diverse war exposures has received scant scholarly attention. Our analyses of 405 older adults surveyed in the Vietnam Health and Aging Study (2010), provide evidence to suggest that particularly stressful war exposures tend to visit lasting strain upon intergenerational relationships, especially in less-developed countries that have experienced war.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics IAGG 2017, July 23-27

Identifier

10.1093/geroni/igx004.215

Publisher

Springer

City or Country

San Francisco, CA

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.215

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