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Social mobility, geographical proximity and intergenerational family contact in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
2008 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 28, 253-270 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examined intergenerational family contact. Three questions were considered: Is there a relationship between parent's class, child's class and family contact? Can class-related differences in family contact be explained by differences in geographical distance between parent and child? Is intergenerational family contact affected by children's social mobility? The questions were explored using data from a nationally-representative level of living survey. The results from logistic regressions showed that parent's class as well as the child's class were associated with intergenerational geographical distance and family contact more often than once a week. Those in or retired from non-manual occupations were less likely than manual workers to live close and to have family contact more than once a week. We found no evidence that a change in class position, upward nor downward, had any effect on family contacts. Rather, class-stable non-manual families socialise less frequently than other families, even when they live relatively close. The results therefore suggest that familial class-cohesiveness is a stronger determinant of inter-generational family contacts than social mobility. Future research should address the complex connection between social mobility and other forms of relations and transfers between generations.

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2008. Vol. 28, 253-270 p.
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socio-economic status, social class, social mobility, family contact
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-12833DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X07006617ISI: 000260335300007OAI: diva2:179353
Available from: 2008-02-11 Created: 2008-02-11 Last updated: 2012-03-07Bibliographically approved

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