Generational differences in orientations to coresidence in Chongju, South Korea

Lois J. Cutler, Jaesoon Cho, Becky L. Yust, Evelyn M. Franklin

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This study examines generational differences by assessing the advantages and disadvantages of intergenerational coresidence in Chongju, South Korea. In the past, it was traditional for the elderly to live with the eldest son. Rapid industrialization and urbanization have contributed to changing gender roles and living arrangements, and new values promote daughters sharing filial responsibilities with their brothers. To explore the perceived benefits and costs of coresidence, 50 intergenerational households were studied. Interviews about attitudes toward living in an extended family arrangement were conducted among the mothers and daughters-in-law in the 50 intergenerational households. Two separate regressions, one analyzing mothers and one analyzing daughters-in-law, were performed. The older generation reported more benefits and fewer costs than the younger generation, although the regression analyses for mothers' satisfaction was not statistically significant. The results are interpreted in the context of exchange theory. The results have implications for social welfare and housing policy in South Korea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-386
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999


  • Intergenerational living arrangements
  • Social welfare


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