Influences on and outcomes of living close to family members

5/19/2016 feature story

HwaJung Choi, Robert Schoeni, Hongwei Xu, and Daniel Brown study why Americans live close to their families and how this proximity impacts socioeconomic and health status.

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Robert F. Schoeni
Daniel G. Brown

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Family Demography and Migration: Consequences for Health and Well-being

Family members are the most important source of support for Americans in need. Parents, adult children, and siblings often provide assistance, money, and in-kind support to each other while coping with challenges such as illness, loss of a spouse, or unemployment. Proximity to extended family is an important factor in this support. But maintaining proximity to family – and thus circumscribing residential mobility – may limit employment opportunities, educational choices, and social networking, and therefore have its own impact on socioeconomic and health status. This project uses PSID panel data on households and extended families (collected 1968-2015) to describe dynamic patterns of Americans' proximity to parents, children, and siblings over the life course; identify factors influencing this proximity; and assess longitudinal patterns of health and socioeconomic status related to proximity.

HwaJung Choi, Robert F. Schoeni, Hongwei Xu, Daniel G. Brown

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