The economic and social factors that affect Greek society affect the family as an institution and the relations among its members. The economic factors related to unemployment influence interpersonal relations, as employment of family members and the satisfaction coming from it are directly related to peace of mind and communication. The high cost of living puts a serious strain on the family budget, and the financial needs, real or imaginary, lead to additional stress with multiple consequences (Teperoglou and Tzortzopoulou 1996).
Greek society seems to be in step with more developed countries. The difficulty in communicating, which is a result of urbanization, the increasing interest in acquiring material goods, and the wish to become successful lead to isolation, which has a serious impact on the relations within the family. Greek parents are willing to provide their children with the resources that they need to succeed in life. The roles of young couples and grandparents appear to complement each other. In absence of a sufficient number of nursery schools, grandparents are taking care of their grandchildren. On the other hand, in absence of a full-fledged policy on aging, parents take care of their parents.
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