Adult children and elderly parents as mobility attractions in Sweden
2009 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8452, E-ISSN 1544-8444, Vol. 15, no 4, 343-357 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this paper is to investigate the extent to which elderly parents and adult children move close (or very close) to each other and how this mobility is influenced by socioeconomic conditions, family situation, gender and age. The analyses are based on register data for the years 2001 and 2002 covering all elderly parents and their adult children residing in Sweden. For instance, our analyses show a positive relationship between, on the one hand, moving close to an adult child or an elderly parent and, on the other, the presence of other family members (e.g. siblings and grandchildren). We also found that moving very close to adult children was more common among the young-old and less common among the old-old. One interpretation is that young-old parents often move close to their adult children to have social contact or assist them, but as the parents grow older and their health weakens, care becomes increasingly important and, in the Swedish welfare state, it becomes more the responsibility of public institutions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley InterScience , 2009. Vol. 15, no 4, 343-357 p.
ageing, migration, intergenerational, Sweden, elderly, parents
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19982DOI: 10.1002/psp.558ISI: 000267305600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-19982DiVA: diva2:207867
ProjectsAgeing and Livng Conditions