Respect for the elderly in preindustrial societies as related to their activity

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 16 Published In Pages: 307-339
By McArdle, Joan L., Yeracaris, Constantine


This article examines the relationship between respect for the elderly and their socially valued activities. Support is found for this association under certain conditions: it is significant with independent families in societies with no belief in a single god and absence of slavery. Theories of disengagement and activity among the elderly are also discussed, and the authors propose that they be considered as a continuum.

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