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Indian Journal of Social Research Vol.56 (2) (Mar - Apr, 2015) (293-298)

A STUDY ON EXPECTATIONS OF RURAL AGED COUPLES

Ritu Sharma* and Renu Dhakar**
*Research Scholar and **Associate Professor
Deptt. of Human Development & Family Studies
College of Home Science, MPUAT, Udaipur

Abstract

The present study was an attempt to find out the expectations of aged couples, belonging to extended farming families, residing in rural areas of Udaipur district of Rajasthan. The data was collected from thirty aged couples between the ages of 60 to 75 years. Self constructed tool which was content validated and field tested was utilized for the research. The results reveal high expectations of aged husbands and their wives from self, spouse, family members and members of the society. No significant difference was observed between the expectations of aged husbands and their wives. The results are discussed in the light of imbibing responsible behavior towards aged citizens amongst school children and youth and proper extension of aged welfare schemes in rural areas.

Key words: Expectations, Rural aged couples

Introduction

In ancient India old people were considered as guiding stars in Indian families since they were symbols of tradition, respect, wisdom and experience. They transmitted the values of tolerance, co-operation and concern for others as they had witnessed in their elders. Today the scenario has changed in terms of interrelationships and the family dynamics existing within the family which are the product of industrialization and urbanization. Industrialization, migration, urbanization and westernization have severely affected our value system. Respect and dignity for elderly which were ingrained values in past provided emotional strength and security to them but the gradual disappearance of joint families has contributed to the special problems of aged in Indian society. Such a change has attracted the attention of many social scientists.

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