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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

4. Enjoyment of Family Life

Members of the sandwich generation find satisfaction and joy in family life. Tables 18 through 21 document a variety of the cohort’s attitudes toward family life. Eighty-seven percent strongly agree that they enjoy spending time with their families, and that their families are the most important things in their lives. Consistently, a virtually identical proportion strongly disagree that their families burden them. Seventy-nine percent strongly agree their families give them strength. Levels of satisfaction with family life are generally high among all groups. A higher proportion of Asian Americans (11%), however, say that their family is a burden, compared with four percent for the total generation. Whether or not one must care for an older parent seems unrelated to probability of family life enjoyment.

Total

97%

2

87%

10

1

1

White

97%

2

87%

10

1

1

Black

98%

2

87%

11

1

1

Hispanic

98%

2

88%

10

1

1

Asian

97%

2

87%

10

1

1

Caregivers of parents/children Caregivers for elders

98% 97%

2 1

88 87

10 10

1 *

1 1

Sandwiched between parents/children

99%

2

90

9

1

1

Table 18: Enjoyment of Time with Family by Demographic Characteristics

Q22. I enjoy spending time with my family: Please tell me if you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree strongly, or disagree somewhat with each of these statements:

Agree

Strongly

Some-

Some- Strongly

what

what

Disagree

Agree

Disagree

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 38

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