Family solidarity in the Netherlands

P.A. Dykstra, M. Kalmijn, T.C.M. Knijn, A.E. Komter, A.C. Liefbroer, C.H. Mulder

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So far, little is understood about the causes and potential implications of changing family patterns. Insight into these processes is essential in framing policies to safeguard the solidarity thal families help providing.This volume aims to contribute to this insight by offering a first overview of empirical results of the so-called Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (NKPS), a large-scale database on family and kinship in the Netherlands. How much family solidarity is there in the Netherlands and what forms does it take? The popular idea of a middle generation that has to cope with a double caring task has to be qualified: the so-called "sandwich generation" is quite limited in size. The often assumed "lack" of intergenerational solidarity seems to be mainly a problem of those with higher education: the more highly educated have less contact with their parents and children than do those with lower education. Strong family bonds tend to accrue mainly to those who are already in a stronger social position because they are more highly educated, more wealthy and are involved in a partner relationship. Family obligations are much more strongly felt by migrants than by the native Dutch, a finding that is constistent with popular notions of the collectivistic character of family relationships in ethnic communities.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherDutch University Press
Number of pages157
ISBN (Print)90-361-0065-8
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NamePopulation studies

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