The monograph brings new information on relationships among family members on contemporary farms in the view of facilitating/hindering vitality on the farm in particular and in farming in general. The research results show that compared to the non-beneficiaries of two measures (Setting Up of Young Farmers and Early Retirement of Farmers), the beneficiaries (young farmers) are willing to continuing with farming, they oppose the equal distribution of agricultural property among the heirs, and live on bigger farms. Young farmers more successfully harmonise various interests of their households’ members, and have higher education and fertility compared to the non-beneficiaries and two other observed groups (urban and rural people). They also express greater concern in care giving for the older generation. However, the young farmers, as the most likely candidates for agricultural development in Slovenia, do not participate in wider social networks; their social networks are still limited to their closer siblings only, division of labour among the family members is less flexible in view of their particular interests, and the younger generation is still committed to providing care for the older generation either due to the ‘preservation of tradition’ or the lack of some services in their living environment.
The aging population has brought the issue of solidarity among generations into the fore, raising the question of the responsibility of caring for individuals in need. This is a key issue for family farming, which is dependent on succession and intergenerational relationships. The article discusses how intergenerational relationships are perceived by the beneficiaries of the schemes of early retirement and young farmers in Slovenia. The analysis of data from a survey indicates that there are similarities in the respondents’ views, especially on gender roles in intergenerational solidarity.
The article discusses some results of studying fertility behaviour of farmers, a group of people with the highest level of fertility in Slovenia. Results show that there is a strong likelihood that a decision for higher number of children stems from farmers' specific way of life than from assumingly prevailing family norms and related values in farm population.
The chapter presents the results of research on fertility behaviour of farm population in Slovenia. The results show that fertility of farm population is not grounded predominantly by their strong respect for family norms and related values. It is more probable that motivation for a higher number of children among the farm population derives from their specific social context; the social relations of ‘gift exchange’ that help to maintain the particular nature of their everyday livelihoods.
The paper was aimed to long-term care issue in Slovenia and to »The Strategy for care for the elderly till 2010 - Solidarity, good intergenerational relations and quality ageing of the population« prepared by Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, as the response of the Republic of Slovenia to the ageing society and to the European demands for new solidarity between the generations. Special attention was given in presentation to the long-term care and the implementation of the new insurance for it.