Living Arrangements of Mothers and Their Adult Children Over the Life Course.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Early in the last century, it was commonplace for elderly women to live with their adult children. Over time, the prevalence of this type of living arrangement declined, as incomes increased. In more recent decades, coresidence between adult children and their retirement-age parents has become more common, as children rely on parental support later into adulthood. We use panel data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to examine the living arrangements of older mothers and their adult children over the life course. We pay particular attention to the relationship between coresidence and indicators of parental and child needs. Our results suggest that for much of the life course, coresidence serves to benefit primarily the adult children rather than their older mother. We also highlight a little known phenomenon, that of children who never leave the parental home and remain coresident well into their later adult years.

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Cited Authors

  • Wiemers, EE; Slanchev, V; McGarry, K; Hotz, VJ

Published Date

  • January 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 111 - 134

PubMed ID

  • 28181865

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5301960

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7573

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0164-0275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0164027516656138


  • eng