What Childless Older People Give: Is the generational link broken?

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dc.contributor.author ALBERTINI, Marco
dc.contributor.author KOHLI, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-23T14:38:51Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-23T14:38:51Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Ageing & Society, 2009, 29, 8, 1261-1274 en
dc.identifier.issn 0144-686X
dc.identifier.issn 1469-1779
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/13764
dc.description Special issue on Minimal families: Childlessness and intergenerational transfers, edited by Martin KOHLI and Marco ALBERTINI, Published Online by Cambridge University Press 15 Oct 2009
dc.description.abstract With the increase of childlessness in European societies, its consequences have become a matter of concern. Studies in this field, however, have concentrated on what childless people lack and need in terms of social, financial and moral support. In contrast, this article focuses on what childless people give to their families, friends, unrelated others and to society at large. Using 2004 data on social support and financial transfers given and received by people aged 50 or more years in ten European countries from the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), the analyses show that the support networks of childless older people tend to be somewhat weaker than those of parents and that links with members of the younger generations in the family are stronger for parents than for those without children. The results also indicate, however, that the differences in transfer behaviour between parents and childless adults are small, and that the support networks of the childless are more diverse than those of parents, and characterised by stronger links with ascendants and lateral relatives and with non-relatives. Moreover, people without children tend to be more intensely involved in charities and comparable organisations.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Ageing & Society en
dc.title What Childless Older People Give: Is the generational link broken? en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0144686X0999033X


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