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Living-apart-together (lat) in contemporary Sweden: (how) does it relate to vulnerability?
Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA), Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9698-5665
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA), Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7406-7836
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7559-2571
2023 (English)In: Journal of Family Issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 3-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden is among the countries with the highest share of single households in Europe, but not all are truly partnerless. We examine the potential vulnerability of individuals in living-apart-together relationships at age 30 and above, analyzing data from the Swedish GGS. We apply multinomial logistic regression. The results show that individuals engaging in LAT occupy an intermediate position in terms of socioeconomic resources (homeownership and economic situation), being less advantaged than co-residents but better-off than singles, especially men. We find no association between ill-health and living in a LAT arrangement. Having previous family experiences (unions with or without children) is positively associated with LAT, but childhood family composition does not matter. The majority of LAT individuals claim to be constrained to living-apart-together rather than LAT being their preferred alternative. Women and the elderly (aged 70+) are, however, more likely to engage in LAT by choice and appreciate their non-residential partnerships.

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Sage Publications, 2023. Vol. 44, no 1, p. 3-24
Keywords [en]
living-apart-together, vulnerability, GGS, Sweden
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Population studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187906DOI: 10.1177/0192513X211041988ISI: 000797912800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85115670818OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-187906DiVA, id: diva2:1597197
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The power of one? The long-term increase in one-person households in Sweden, 1900-2017, from Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation (MAW 2019.0029)Ageing well—individuals, families and households under changing demographic regimes in Sweden, from the Swedish Research Council for Health,Working life and Welfare (FORTE), grant number 2016-07115
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-07115Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, MAW 2019.0029Available from: 2021-09-24 Created: 2021-09-24 Last updated: 2022-12-20Bibliographically approved

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