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Co‐residence and Family Size

C. Y. Cyrus Chu and Ruoh‐Rong Yu

in Understanding Chinese Families

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199578092
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578092.003.0003
Co‐residence and Family Size

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The traditionally ideal Chinese family is a “large” one, in which many family members live together. This chapter investigates how this ideal pattern has changed in recent years. From the perspectives of family size (number of members in a family) and family type (nuclear, stem, joint and grand), we review various findings in the literature and compare them with the figures from our PSFD data. However, the readers are also warned about the special regulations in China that might disturb the family statistics. This chapter also studies what factors determine a young couple's decision to co‐reside with their senior parents. It turns out that spouses with more resources tend to avoid co‐residing with their parents‐in‐law, in contrast to previous findings.

Keywords: Chinese families; family size; family type; co‐residence

Chapter.  8045 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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