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Living arrangements of the elderly in Singapore: Cultural norms in transition.

Authors
  • Mehta, K
  • Osman, M M
  • Alexander, L E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of cross-cultural gerontology
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1995
Volume
10
Issue
1-2
Pages
113–143
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF00972033
PMID: 24389773
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

While more than 85% of the elderly in Singapore co-reside with their children, the dynamics behind this figure can only be understood through qualitative research that considers the Singaporean multi-cultural and urban context. The cultural determinants affecting living arrangements in the 3 major ethnic groups differ. In addition, within each group, cultural norms were undergoing transitions, though at different paces. More interestingly, normative obligations, which in the past had a strong impact on patterns of living arrangements, were treated as only 1 consideration among other practical and emotional issues. External influences like government housing policies, modern lifestyles, and emigration also play a part in explaining the evolving patterns of living arrangements.

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