Living arrangements, intergenerational support types and older adult loneliness in Eastern and Western Europe

J. de Jong Gierveld, P.A. Dykstra, N. Schenk

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Aim of this study was to investigate older adult loneliness as linked with living arrangements and intergenerational support, using data of the Generations and Gender Surveys for East and West European countries. Outcomes: older adults living alone were most lonely, older adults living with a partner were least lonely. Coresidence provides protection, but not to the same degree as a partner. Support exchanges are primarily downward up to advanced ages and primarily upward in latest phases of parents’ life. The outcomes have provided us with clear evidence that living arrangements and intergenerational support are key to older adult loneliness.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationThe Hague and Rotterdam
PublisherNetherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and Erasmus University
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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NameMultilinks Deliverable D 2.3

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