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Demographic Change and Kin Relationships in Later Life

Demographic Change and Kin Relationships in Later Life CHAPTER 10 Demographic Change and Kin Relationships in Later Life PETER UHLENBERG CAROLINA POPl./U. nON CENTER UNIVERSITY OF NORm CAROUNA Both applied and theoretical researchers arc interested in the persisting impor­ tance of kinship tics for the elderly in modem society. Despite vast socia1 change during the past century, most individuals continue to maintain significant kin­ based relationships during the entire course of their lives. And, despite a great expansion in the welfare role of the state, most persons still rely on these kin relationships for a great deal of physical, emotional, and social support through their later years of life. But what about the future? Will kin continue to be a strong source of support and caregiving for the elderly? Informed discussion of the fulure of aging and the level of need for alternative sources of support for the growing number of older persons requires an answer to this question. This chapter explores the potential significance of demographic change for kin relationships in later life. Although demographic factors do not determine how kin networks function, past demographic behavior does determine the sup· ply and geographic distribution of kin. The existence or nonexistence of spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

Demographic Change and Kin Relationships in Later Life

Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics , Volume 13 (1): 20 – Jan 1, 1993

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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10.1891/0198-8794.13.1.219
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CHAPTER 10 Demographic Change and Kin Relationships in Later Life PETER UHLENBERG CAROLINA POPl./U. nON CENTER UNIVERSITY OF NORm CAROUNA Both applied and theoretical researchers arc interested in the persisting impor­ tance of kinship tics for the elderly in modem society. Despite vast socia1 change during the past century, most individuals continue to maintain significant kin­ based relationships during the entire course of their lives. And, despite a great expansion in the welfare role of the state, most persons still rely on these kin relationships for a great deal of physical, emotional, and social support through their later years of life. But what about the future? Will kin continue to be a strong source of support and caregiving for the elderly? Informed discussion of the fulure of aging and the level of need for alternative sources of support for the growing number of older persons requires an answer to this question. This chapter explores the potential significance of demographic change for kin relationships in later life. Although demographic factors do not determine how kin networks function, past demographic behavior does determine the sup· ply and geographic distribution of kin. The existence or nonexistence of spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, and

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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