The Changing Perception of Old Age in Family Research
Author/s: Ikuko Murakami
OnlineFirst published on December 31, 2016
Year: 2016 Vol: 36 Number: 2
The aim of this research is to evaluate how perceptions toward older individuals change over time. Using the keywords “elderly” and “aging”, 422 articles published in family research compilations and journals were identified. In total, 163 articles have been qualitatively analyzed using bibliometrics. In order to evaluate discourse related to the elderly, citation analysis and thematic content analysis were used for categorizing research subjects, titles, and keywords. Results show that the elderlies’ identity of as “leader” of the family has changed to become the “burden” within the changing family structure. Due to social changes and developments, the elderly are counted as a liability population in society, along with children, women, and disabled people. Weakening solidarity and relations among family members and relatives results with care for the elderly expected to be given by social services instead of the family. Additionally, the elderly’s role becomes genderless over time.