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The Challenge for Families of Demographic Ageing

Sarah Harper

in Families in Ageing Societies

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199251162
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602740 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251169.003.0002
 The Challenge for Families of Demographic Ageing

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This chapter examines the impact of ageing societies on families based on empirical evidence from Europe, North America, and Australasia. It identifies three broad roles for families: as mechanisms for intergenerational support, intergenerational transfer, and intergenerational solidarity. It argues that more heterogeneous forms of family are emerging, with their own sets of roles and relationships influenced by demographic, social, and cultural changes.

Keywords: ageing societies; family roles; intergenerational support; intergenerational transfer; intergenerational solidarity

Chapter.  11347 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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