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ERIC Number: EJ775172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 53
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 120
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Characteristics of Older Childless Persons and Parents: Cross-National Comparisons
Koropeckyj-Cox, Tanya; Call, Vaughn R. A.
Journal of Family Issues, v28 n10 p1362-1414 2007
The prevalence and implications of childlessness in old age are compared across nine major surveys in seven countries: Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Specifically, the researchers examine indicators of the well-being and resources of childless men and women, compare them to their within-country peers with children, and explore the similarities and differences among childless older adults in different countries. The results show strikingly similar patterns across countries (with the exception of Japan). Childless elders are more likely than parents to live alone or in an institution. Childless never-married women have consistently higher education levels than other groups of women. Among men, marriage rather than parenthood is consistently linked with higher socio-economic status. The results suggest important structural processes that differentially shape the resources and well-being of men and women, childless and parents, over the life course and in old age. (Contains 8 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Finland; Germany; Japan; Netherlands; United Kingdom; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Families and Households