Three studies on living arrangements in mid-life have been completed;
The first study investigates changes in the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of middle-aged British men and women over the past quarter century. The main aims of this study are to document trends in kin availability and living arrangements over time, and to describe changes in the demographic and socio-economic profile of the middle-aged over time (namely marital status, educational level, activity status and housing tenure). This study, published in the journal Population Trends, provides the overall demographic background for the following two studies.
The second study focusses on living alone in mid-life, a living arrangement which has become increasingly common in this age group. The main aims of this study are to investigate the partnership and parenthood trajectories of those living alone in mid-life, and to compare the socio-economic characteristics (1) of those living alone to those living with a partner, and (2), among those who are living alone, of those who have never been in a co-resident union to those who have ever lived together with a partner. This study also investigates the familial and economic resources of those living alone in later mid-life since these resources are associated with living arrangements and sources of support in later life. The work is published in the journal Advances in Life Course Research.
The third study investigates how partnership histories are associated with psychological well-being among those living alone in later mid-life. It further explores whether this association differs between two different indicators of psychological well-being because it is a multidimensional concept. The work is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
For the first study, changes in kin availability over the past decade were captured by comparing data from the 2001 wave of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) with data from the 2009 wave from the United Kingdom Longitudinal Household Study (UKHLS). These two surveys are unique in that they ask respondents to report the presence of both co-resident and non-co-resident kin such as children, parents, or grandparents. Changes in living arrangements and the demographic and socio-economic profile of those in mid-life over time were identified using repeated cross-sectional data from the General Household Survey (GHS) for the period 1984 to 2007.
The two other studies used data from the UKHLS, which provides data on living arrangements, partnership histories and current partnership status, parenthood status, physical and mental health, and also on a wide range of demographic and socio-economic characteristics. An important advantage of this dataset is its large sample size, which enables us to investigate relatively small groups, such as those who are living alone in mid-life, and their characteristics.
Key findings from the study which investigates changes in the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of middle-aged British men and women over the past quarter century are:
Key findings from the study on living alone in mid-life are:
Key findings from the study of partnership histories and wellbeing are:
|13 -16 June 2012.||Presentation at the 'European Population Conference 2012' held in Stockholm||The paper 'The demography of living alone in mid-life: a typology of solo-living in the United Kingdom' by Dieter Demey, Ann Berrington, Maria Evandrou and Jane Falkingham was presented at this event.|
Demey, D., Berrington, A., Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, J. (2011) The changing demography of mid-life, from the 1980s to the 2000s Population Trends 145,16-34.
Demey, D. Berrington, A. Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, J. (2011) How has mid-life changed in Britain since the 1980s? CPC Briefing Paper 2, ESRC Centre for Population Change, UK.
Demey, D., Berrington, A., Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, J. (2013) Pathways into living alone in mid-life: Diversity and policy implications. Advances in Life Course Research,18 (3),161-174.
Demey, D., Berrington, A., Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, J. (2014) Living alone and psychological well-being in mid-life: Does partnership history matter? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.168 (5), 403-410.
Who is living alone in mid-life and why does it matter?. Understanding Society website, December 2013.
Changing experiences of mid-life. Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) Case Study, February 2012.
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