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Intergenerational flows of support between parents and adult children in Britain

Intergenerational flows of support between parents and adult children in Britain
Intergenerational flows of support between parents and adult children in Britain
Understanding patterns of intergenerational support is critical within the context of demographic change, such as changing family structures and population ageing. Existing research has focused on intergenerational support at a given time in the individuals' lifecourse, e.g. from adult children towards older parents and vice versa; however, few studies have focused on the dynamic nature of such support. Analysing data from the 1958 National Child Development Study, this paper investigates the extent to which the receipt of parental help earlier in the lifecourse affects the chances of adult children reciprocating with support towards their parents later in life. The findings show that three-quarters of mid-life adults had received some support from their parents earlier in life, and at age 50 more than half were providing care to their parents. Patterns of support received and provided across the lifecourse differ markedly by gender, with sons being more likely to have received help with finances earlier in the lifecourse, and daughters with child care. The results highlight that care provision towards parents was associated with support receipt earlier in life. However, the degree of reciprocity varies according to the type of care provided by children. Such findings have implications for informal care provision by adult children towards future cohorts of older people, and by extension, the organisation of social care.
informal care, older adults, support exchange, intergenerational transfers, National Child Development Study, Lifecourse, altruism, reciprocity
321-351
Evandrou, Maria
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Falkingham, Jane
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Gomez Leon, Madelin
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Vlachantoni, Athina
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Evandrou, Maria
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Falkingham, Jane
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Gomez Leon, Madelin
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Vlachantoni, Athina
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Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane, Gomez Leon, Madelin and Vlachantoni, Athina (2018) Intergenerational flows of support between parents and adult children in Britain. Ageing & Society, 38 (2), 321-351. (doi:10.1017/S0144686X16001057).

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Abstract

Understanding patterns of intergenerational support is critical within the context of demographic change, such as changing family structures and population ageing. Existing research has focused on intergenerational support at a given time in the individuals' lifecourse, e.g. from adult children towards older parents and vice versa; however, few studies have focused on the dynamic nature of such support. Analysing data from the 1958 National Child Development Study, this paper investigates the extent to which the receipt of parental help earlier in the lifecourse affects the chances of adult children reciprocating with support towards their parents later in life. The findings show that three-quarters of mid-life adults had received some support from their parents earlier in life, and at age 50 more than half were providing care to their parents. Patterns of support received and provided across the lifecourse differ markedly by gender, with sons being more likely to have received help with finances earlier in the lifecourse, and daughters with child care. The results highlight that care provision towards parents was associated with support receipt earlier in life. However, the degree of reciprocity varies according to the type of care provided by children. Such findings have implications for informal care provision by adult children towards future cohorts of older people, and by extension, the organisation of social care.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 August 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 November 2016
Published date: 1 February 2018
Keywords: informal care, older adults, support exchange, intergenerational transfers, National Child Development Study, Lifecourse, altruism, reciprocity
Organisations: Gerontology

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Local EPrints ID: 402434
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/402434
PURE UUID: bfa04a3e-39ea-4fe1-b798-79a5857f86fc
ORCID for Maria Evandrou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2115-9358
ORCID for Jane Falkingham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7135-5875
ORCID for Athina Vlachantoni: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1539-3057

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Date deposited: 09 Nov 2016 10:25
Last modified: 27 Jan 2020 13:41

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