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Proximity of adult children to their parents in Great Britain.

Authors
  • Shelton, N
  • Grundy, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of population geography : IJPG
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
6
Issue
3
Pages
181–195
Identifiers
PMID: 12349713
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Much of the authors' knowledge of kin interaction and exchange in Britain is partial, in that it is based on studies of co-resident groups and excludes consideration of kin "beyond the household". It is known that there have been large declines in intergenerational co-residence, raising fears that family bonds have weakened. It is also commonly assumed that family members are less likely to live in close proximity than in the past. In this paper the authors examine one important aspect of kin relationships--proximity of adult children to their parents--using nationally representative data from 1986, 1995, and 1999. The analyses presented focus on: differences between 1986, 1995, and 1999 in proximity of adults to their parents; sociodemographic characteristics associated with variations in proximity, and temporal differences in the pattern of these variations. The paper concludes with an assessment of some of the policy implications of the findings.

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