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Socioeconomic differences in having living parents and children: a U.S.-British comparison of middle-aged women

Henretta, John C., Grundy, Emily and Harris, Susan (2001) Socioeconomic differences in having living parents and children: a U.S.-British comparison of middle-aged women. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63 (3). pp. 852-867. ISSN 0022-2445

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2001.00852.x

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between socioeconomic status and having living children and parents among 55- to 63-year-old women in the United States and Britain. The goals are to quantify the outcomes of slightly different demographic regimes on close kin networks and to assess the potential implications of policies that in both countries increasingly emphasize family responsibility. In the cohorts examined, U.S. respondents are substantially more likely to have living parents and children, but the pattern of socioeconomic effects is similar across countries. Higher socioeconomic status is associated with having fewer children and, less consistently, is associated with a higher probability of having living parents and being childless. However, higher-status women are more likely to have both living parents and children.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Divisions: Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > ALPHA (Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis)
Departments > Social Policy
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 09:48
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 00:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53592

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