Famílias pelo mundo: solidariedade intergeracional em famílias transnacionais

Translated title of the contribution: Families around the world: intergenerational solidarity in transnational families

Research output: Types of ThesisDoctoral Thesis


Family is a particular group of human interaction and is distinguished by its numerous specificities. This leads us to the need to (re)think the roles and place it holds in increasingly diverse contexts frequently guided by the mobility of its members. In the relationship between family members of generations who have emigrated and those who remain in the origin country, intergenerational solidarity can play an important role, promoting well-being. It also enhances understanding of relationships as a continuum of solidarity, ambivalence and conflict. In this research, we will explore intergenerational solidarity in transnational families, through the perception of young adult emigrants. At first, we present a quantitative study (N = 395), whose participants are Portuguese adults living in any country in the world, with their parental figures living in Portugal. In this study we intend to map sociodemographic characteristics, the dynamics of the various dimensions of intergenerational solidarity and ambivalence. In addition, we analyse other variables that, according to the literature, refer us to the integration of the participants in the respective host countries. In a second moment, we present a qualitative study (N = 22), whose participants are Portuguese young adults living in European space, with their parental figures living in Portugal - representing the largest share of the most recent emigration. In this more in-depth study, we explore meanings and interpretations of processes of social interaction. Furthermore, we study the dimension of conflict – as transversal to intergenerational solidarity –, as well as analysing aspects that contribute to integration in the host country. In a final moment, we will propose integrative typologies of intergenerational solidarity in transnational families, integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches, verifying the added value of transnational family relationships, as well as connection, cohesion and life satisfaction, as central factors to migratory experiences.
Translated title of the contributionFamilies around the world: intergenerational solidarity in transnational families
Original languagePortuguese
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Lisbon
  • Santos, Ana Sofia, Supervisor, External person
  • McGarrigle Carvalho, Jennifer, Co-supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date13 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Migrations
  • Intergenerational Solidarity
  • Transnational families


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