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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspectiveCritical and international approaches$
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Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001

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Families in ageing Netherlands and ageing China

Families in ageing Netherlands and ageing China

redefining intergenerational contracts in lengthened lives

Chapter:
(p.167) Ten Families in ageing Netherlands and ageing China
Source:
Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective
Author(s):

Fleur Thomese

Zhen Cong

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.003.0010

Families are the primary location of intergenerational exchanges. As population age, families comprise of more generations than before, and they have more older and fewer younger family members. Moreover, grandparents can nowadays spend more life-years with their grandchildren. As a consequence, the linkages between the lives of family members become more complex. For example, the lives of middle-agers are now impacted by their children growing up and leaving the house, and by their old parents falling ill, needing help, and dying. Due to increasingly complex family structures, there are also more possibilities for intergenerational transfers in the form of e.g. financial gifts or care provided. This chapter describes changes in family structures and in family support over the life-course, using the Netherlands and China as examples.

Keywords:   families, The Netherlands, China, intergenerational contract, grandparenting

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