Book chapter

Actively generating one's family: How elders shape their family configurations

PublisherMilano : Vita e Pensiero
Publication date2016

This study explores the ways by which family weness is shaped in later life, and how it relates to social capital, conflict and ambivalence. Data were derived from a sub-sample of 578 elders (aged 65 and older) from the Vivre/Leben/Vivere (VLV) study, a large survey addressing family life and health conditions of older people in Switzerland. We identified six family configurations: ‘Conjugal', ‘Son', ‘Daughter', ‘Sibling', ‘Kinship', and ‘Sparse'. These were associated with different key life course factors and gave rise to different types of social capital and to distinct patterns of ambivalence. With the pluralization of life courses, individuals develop various ways of creating their family weness which has indeed an impact on family resources in later life.

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WIDMER, Eric, GIRARDIN KECIOUR, Myriam. Actively generating one’s family: How elders shape their family configurations. In: L’allungamento della vita: Una risorsa per la famiglia, un’opportunità per la società. Milano : Vita e Pensiero, 2016. p. 85–104.
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