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Exploring the role of family ties on life satisfaction in later life in Europe

  • Authors
  • Solé-Auró, A.; Cortina, C.
  • UPF authors
  • Type
  • Articles de recerca
  • Journal títle
  • Zeitschrift für Familienforschung
  • Publication year
  • 2019
  • Volume
  • 31
  • Number
  • 2
  • Pages
  • 180-198
  • ISSN
  • 0935-4018
  • Publication State
  • Publicat
  • Abstract
  • We analyzed the relationship between family ties and the life satisfaction of people between the ages of 50 and 85 years in 13 European countries. We aim at determining the effects of partnership (being currently in a partnership) and parenthood (having remained childless). We use individual-level data from the sixth wave of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The analyses are restricted to respondents who are partnered or who have ever been married. We apply a multivariate analysis to examine the association of life satisfaction with family ties for men and for women. We add controls for age groups and education level, and we pay special attention to the role of individuals¿ network size. Our findings indicate that in all countries, having no partner has the strongest and most negative association with life satisfaction. However, there was no clear association between not having children and life satisfaction across countries. We also find an important role of some protector variables, such as having a strong network which, in most countries, significantly increase one¿s life satisfaction. We find that there is a relationship between individuals¿ family situation and life satisfaction, but it is restricted to being in a partnership. The protection factor of having a partner improves one¿s life satisfaction at older ages much more than protection by having children. This finding can reduce the concern about the long run implications of increasing childlessness among younger cohorts as it is not necessarily associated to a higher risk of low life satisfaction.
  • Complete citation
  • Solé-Auró, A.; Cortina, C.. Exploring the role of family ties on life satisfaction in later life in Europe. Zeitschrift für Familienforschung 2019; 31(2): 180-198.
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