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Meet the parents? Family size and the geographic proximity between adult children and older mothers in Sweden.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature117546
Source
Demography. 2013 Jun;50(3):903-31
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-2013
Author
Helena Holmlund
Helmut Rainer
Thomas Siedler
Author Affiliation
Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, Sweden. helena.holmlund@sofi.su.se
Source
Demography. 2013 Jun;50(3):903-31
Date
Jun-2013
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult Children
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Aging
Family Characteristics
Female
Humans
Male
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers
Multiple Birth Offspring
Residence Characteristics - statistics & numerical data
Sex Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Sweden
Abstract
The aim of this study is to estimate the causal effect of family size on the proximity between older mothers and adult children by using a large administrative data set from Sweden. Our main results show that adult children in Sweden are not constrained by sibship size in choosing where to live: for families with more than one child, sibship size does not affect child-mother proximity. For aging parents, however, having fewer children reduces the probability of having at least one child living nearby, which is likely to have consequences for the intensity of intergenerational contact and eldercare.
PubMed ID
23288667 View in PubMed
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