Financial intergenerational family help as responsibility: Germany and Italy 2014

This statistic presents the share of Italian and German adults, who consider provision of help to other family members (financial and otherwise) to be their responsibility, as of 2014, by duty performed. Approximately 87 percent of Italian and 56 percent of German adult children consider helping elderly parents to be their responsibility. A much smaller share of people actively saving money to hand down to their children after death consider it to be a responsibility: 27 percent in Italy and 16 percent in Germany.

Share of respondents who consider helping family (financially and otherwise) to be a responsibility in Germany and Italy as of 2014, by duty performed

GermansItalians
Financial help to elderly parents if they need it, by children56%87%
Financial help to adult children if they need it, by parents63%73%
Help in taking care of grandchildren care, by grandparents38%50%
Parents saving money to hand to children after death16%27%
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Source

Release date

May 2015

Region

Germany, Italy

Survey time period

October to December 2014

Number of respondents

3,216*

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* 1,700 sample size in Germany and 1,516 in Italy.
The source adds the following note: "Respondents were asked whether each was a responsiblitiy or not a responsibility, regardless of whether it might be a good thing to do."

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