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ERIC Number: EJ750674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Proximity and Contacts between Older Parents and Their Children: A European Comparison
Hank, Karsten
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n1 p157-173 Feb 2007
Using data from the 2004 Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, this article continues and extends recent cross-national research on proximity and contacts of older parents to their children. In addition to a brief description of the geography of families in 10 continental European countries, determinants of intergenerational proximity and contacts are examined. Even when microlevel factors are controlled for, the Mediterranean peoples continue to exhibit closer family relations than their northern counterparts. I also find noteworthy systematic differences in the effects of some explanatory variables between traditionally weak- and strong-family countries. When looking at the contemporary European picture as a whole, I find no indication for a decline of intergenerational relations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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