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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

2. Family Expectations about Obligation to Parents

Members of the sandwich generation have mixed feelings about their obligations for helping their parents. For example, as table 23 recounts, the cohort is almost evenly divided on whether their children are expected to take care of their parents in their old age.

Differences in racial and ethnic background appear to account for some of the variation. Whites are less likely to agree that children ought to take care of parents. Alternatively, Asian Americans and foreign-born members of the cohort are by far the most prone to agree. Not surprisingly, those who currently care for an older relative are also more apt to feel a sense of obligation to do so.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 43

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