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Residential mobility and family separation in retirement
Author(s)David Howes
Corporate AuthorDepartment of Geography, University of London King's College
PublisherUniversity of London King's College, London, 1984
Pages20 pp (Occasional paper no 22; RPIRSE working paper 5)
KeywordsGeographical distance ; The Family ; Social interaction ; Social mobility ; Social surveys.
AnnotationRPIRSE (Residential proximity, intergenerational relations and the support of the elderly) is a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This paper represents a preliminary analysis of an extensive set of information regarding family mobility and visiting patterns in retirement. Comparison of mobility rates derived from the survey with those recorded by the Census was broadly representative of the population as a whole. Many retired couples had neither moved a long distance since 1951, nor had their children made major relocations since living at home. As a result, these families remained close together at the time of the survey. Strong associations between social class and both the frequency and distance of mobility were found amongst both parents and children, with those in higher social classes being more likely to undertake long distance moves. The effects of this were evident in family separation with children in higher social classes likely to live further from their parents. Distance between children and parents was reflected in patterns of visiting. However, the effect of social class on frequency of visiting was insignificant once distance had been taken into account. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930804075 B
ClassmarkRJ: SJ: TMA: TMM: 3F

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