Family ties take a beating, stay strong
Beyond the limelight and tell-all exposes, family loyalty survives — and maybe even thrives
Even with all the slings and arrows of modern living, family loyalty stays true -- and even seems to be growing stronger. (Tribune photo illustration / January 17, 2012)
Is the relative causing ongoing harm to you?
In the case of Madoff, Scales notes, there was harm "caused to all kinds of people on an ongoing basis — these people are being defrauded and losing their life's savings."
"You can't allow (someone) to do that — even if it's your dad."
Ranking the relatives
Is there a pecking order of closeness? Details of a Pew Research Center survey show the percentage who said they felt "very obligated" to provide needed financial assistance or caregiving to their:
Parent: 83 percent
Grown child: 77 percent
Grandparent: 67 percent
Brother or sister: 64 percent
Spouse or partner's parent: 62 percent
Grown stepchild: 60 percent
Stepparent: 55 percent
Step- or half-sibling: 43 percent
Source: "Families Drawn Together by Communication Revolution," 2006 Pew Research Center study