Family Assistance Configurations for Dependent Older People in Europe
AbstractThe Share survey allows us to analyse the assistance given by their children to dependent persons aged 65 and over in European countries. Two types of care are distinguished, according to whether children live with their dependent parent or not. The proportion of dependent older people receiving support from their entourage in one form or another is remarkably constant within countries. In northern countries, the lower level of intergenerational co-residence is offset by the more frequent assistance given by non-cohabiting children. In the six countries studied here, children's involvement is greater when the degree of dependence of the parent is higher and when the parent has no spouse. Where a single parent has two children, on average, the involvement of the younger child seems to depend on that of the elder (the probability that the younger becomes involved seems to be lower if the elder becomes involved), but the reverse is not true.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.
Volume (Year): 403-404 (2007)
Issue (Month): (December)
Disabled Elderly; Family Role; Intra-Family Interactions; Caregiving; International Comparisons;
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