WILLINGNESS OF YOUTHS TO SUPPORT AGED PARENTS
A STUDY OF UNDERGRADUATES IN SOUTH EASTERN NIGERIA
This study presents an analysis of Nsukka undergraduates' willingness to provide support to elderly parents. Data was gathered from 156 undergraduates of Igbo ethnic group using
an 18-item scale measuring willingness to support elderly parents. Individual responses were scored based on the ranking 1 to 5. 90 points was the highest obtainable score while
18 points was the lowest obtainable score. Less than 30% of the respondents showed high level of willingness to. support elderly parents. Being an only child was found to be
related to willingness to support elderly parents. One major implication of the findings is the need to introduce programs that will encourage youths to interact more with elderly persons so that they may be more favorably disposed to them as they are going to be the
future caregivers. There is also need for more studies in social support for elderly persons in Nigeria.