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Childless Elderly: What Are They Missing?
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 47, No. 2 (May, 1985), pp. 343-348
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352134
Page Count: 6
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The value of children to their elders as emotional, physical, financial, and other supports is widely asserted and empirically supported. Many of today's elderly do not have children and, therefore, do not have this particular mutual support relationship. Using the 1979 Social Change in Canada data base, the subjective and objective experiences of noninstitutionalized childless and parent elderly are compared. The results show few statistically significant differences between the two categories of elderly, but trends show benefits for both. The childless are more financially secure and in better health, while parents tend to be surrounded by greater numbers of friends and have more general satisfaction with life.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1985 National Council on Family Relations