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Parents of the Baby Boomers: A New Generation of Young-Old

Jeffrey A. Giordano
Family Relations
Vol. 37, No. 4, The Contemporary Family: Consequences of Change (Oct., 1988), pp. 411-414
DOI: 10.2307/584112
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584112
Page Count: 4
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Parents of the Baby Boomers: A New Generation of Young-Old
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Abstract

The next new cohort of young-old will be the parents who produced today's middle-age baby boomers. Members of this group, born after the Depression, will enter old age as early as 1990. Examination of cohort differences provides a beginning focus on family life in the future. By adding established trends and societal phenomena that impacted their middle years, a picture of this future generation of young-old is drawn. Predictions are offered on the nature of marriage, remarriage, divorce, and the complexity of the family network. Implications are offered for educators, policymakers, practitioners, and profitminded service providers. This new generation of young-old will place unique demands upon society.

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