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Living arrangements among older people: an overview of trends in Europe and the USA

Tomassini, Cecilia, Glaser, Karen, Broese van Groenou, Marjolein and Grundy, Emily ORCID: 0000-0002-9633-1116 (2004) Living arrangements among older people: an overview of trends in Europe and the USA. Population Trends (115). pp. 24-34. ISSN 0307-4463

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This article compares the trends in living arrangements of older people in several European countries and in the United States. Trends and cross-country variability in several factors that could account for these crossnational differences, including marital status, fertility, labour force participation and attitudes, are also examined. In most countries the proportion of older people living alone increased substantially between 1970 and 1990. However the increase in living alone stabilised or even declined between 1990 and 2000 in most of the countries analysed indicating a possible reversal in the trend. Increases in proportions of older women who are married and reductions in the proportions childless may partially explain this. Considerable variability in both trends and levels of older people’s living arrangements was seen especially between north-western and southern European countries. These variations mirrored contrasts in attitudes towards residential care and parentchild coresidence between the countries.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2004 Crown copyright
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 > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 15:45
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 01:57

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