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The elderly in Taiwanese society have always held a special status. Traditionally, inheriting the many cultural Chinese norms for the old aged, the elderly are revered and respected. However, with the economic and societal changes that have occurred in Taiwan in the 1970s, increasingly the position and role of the elderly within the Taiwanese family, and therefore society, has changed.

The aim of this work is to explore the relationship between the changing elderly status in Taiwan and the Taiwanese societal development in the 1970s. Specifically, by looking at how Taiwanese family dynamics have changed through the 1970s, as well as the formation of a Taiwanese civil society, a relationship can be drawn between the two variables.