Living Arrangements and Family Networks of Older Women in Italy

Wolf, D.A. & Pinnelli, A. (1989). Living Arrangements and Family Networks of Older Women in Italy. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-89-019

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Population aging in Italy is, as in many other industrialized countries, disproportionately a phenomenon associated with unmarried women, mainly widows. This paper examines the extent to which older unmarried women live alone, and the extent to which they receive help in everyday tasks from others outside their households, using data from a large Italian household sample survey conducted in 1983. Older women can either live alone or with others, and may or may not receive external help in either case; thus there are four distinct combinations of outcomes analyzed. In both descriptive, bivariate analysis and a multivariate model of the outcomes we find pronounced differences in behavior according to region of residence, educational level, age, degree of disability, work experience and pension receipt. The findings indicate the importance of family as a source of help and/or coresidence in situations of need.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:00
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:13

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