SHI Liping (2010.3) Continuities and changes in parent-child relationships and kinship in postwar Japan. GEMC Journal. 2:48-67
- Academic Paper
- SHI Liping || 施 利平
- Continuities and changes in parent-child relationships and kinship in postwar Japan: Examining bilateral hypotheses by analyzing the National Family Survey (NFRJ-S01)
- GEMC Journal
- This study aimed at examining two hypotheses that have predicted the changes in parent-child relationships and kinship in postwar Japan and at clarifying the structure of parent-child relationships and trends of changes by comparing parent-child relationships of different birth cohorts. The hypotheses, both based on the dissolution of the stem family system and the fact that parents therefore have become less likely to live with their first-born son, were: (1) support from parents is equally shared among children, and (2) support between married daughters and their parents has become more active. The data used is NFRJ-S01 (National Family Research of Japan, 2001 Special). The major findings were that: (a) First-born sons tended to live with their parents even though co-residence with the husband’s parents has declined, and (b) Existing support from the wife’s parents has become more active after the 1950 birth cohort. These results indicate a possibility that the stem family system and kinship (shinrui) co-exist even today, offering evidence against Hypothesis 1 and call for a modification of Hypothesis 2.
Created: 2012-02-20. Updated: 2012-03-28.