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    • "As mentioned at the outset, and while there is a growing amount of social gerontological work in Central Europe (e.g., Rurik 2005; Csoboth 2006), this is very limited in Eastern European nations—apart, that is, from medical gerontology (e.g., Boyanova et al.2003; Mihaylova et al.2004). Most of the work that does exist in the more social spheres does not really inform the current inquiry (e.g., Bakracheva 2009; De Vos and Sandefur 2002; Silgidjian-Georgieva 1998) and, in any case, developmental interests in Bulgaria have tended to focus on intergenerational problems between adults and children or teenagers (Silgidjian 1978; Stoitsova 2001). "
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines Bulgarian and American young adults' perceptions of prior experiences of intergenerational communication. Irrespective of culture, as age of target increased from young adult to middle-aged and elderly adult, so did attributions of benevolence, norms of politeness and deference, and communicative respect and avoidance; conversely, attributions of personal vitality and communication satisfaction decreased linearly. However, American youth reported more of a tendency to avoid, but expressed more respect when communicating with, older adults than their Bulgarian counterparts. In both settings, young adults' avoidant communication with older people negatively, and the norm of politeness positively, predicted intergenerational communication satisfaction. In Bulgaria only, age stereotypes also predicted communication satisfaction whereas only in the USA was communicative respect a predictor.
    Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 06/2010; 25(2):133-47. DOI:10.1007/s10823-010-9114-x

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