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The influence of socio-economic and health differences on parents' provision of help to adult children: a British–United States comparison

Henretta, John C., Grundy, Emily and Harris, Susan (2002) The influence of socio-economic and health differences on parents' provision of help to adult children: a British–United States comparison. Ageing and Society, 22 (4). pp. 441-458. ISSN 0144-686X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0144686X02008735

Abstract

Transfers of assistance from older to younger family members are an important, though often ignored, component of intergenerational exchanges. The ability to help younger family members, either financially or practically, may be influenced by the health and socio-economic status of older parents, but very little is known about these patterns. This article examines the effects of socio-economic and health status on the help that late mid-life parents in Britain and the United States give their children with money, domestic tasks, and grandchild care. Results for the different types of family support yield three main findings. First, there are relatively few differences between Britain and the USA in the factors affecting the provision of support. Secondly, socio-economic factors appear to be more important among married respondents while health is more important among the unmarried. Thirdly, children's co-residence has greater effects on the provision of domestic task help in Britain than in the United States.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2002 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > ALPHA (Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis)
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 11:16
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 02:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53607

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