The Gerontologist, Vol 32, Issue 4 519-526, Copyright © 1992 by The Gerontological Society of America
Parental dependence and filial responsibility in the nineteenth century: Hial Hawley and Emily Hawley Gillespie, 1884-1885
UCLA School of Public Health, University of California 90024-1772.
This paper examines diaries written by an Iowa farm woman and her daughter
in the 1880s that focus on care of the former's father. It highlights the
problems intergenerational living arrangements could produce in the 19th
century. In addition, it examines three general themes: the impact on adult
children of financial responsibility for elderly parents, the responses of
elderly people to structures of subordination, and the significance of
hierarchies of gender as well as generation.