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The Availability and Supportive Functions of Extended Kinship Ties in Later Life: Evidence from the Berlin Ageing Study

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/10.1093/0199251169.003.0005
 The Availability and Supportive Functions of Extended Kinship Ties in Later Life: Evidence from the Berlin Ageing Study

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This chapter examines the availability and supportive functions of extended kin relationships in later life, drawing on the results of the Berlin Ageing study. It is shown that in addition to close family, distant relatives are an important resource of social functioning in later life. Extended kinship activation is associated with reduced risk of loneliness, regardless of whether relatives were involved in specific functional transactions.

Keywords: extended kinship; kin relationships; German; population ageing; relatives; kin activation; older adults

Chapter.  6654 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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