Geographic proximity of adult children and the well-being of older persons

van der Pers, M., Mulder, C. H. & Steverink, N., Jul-2015, In : Research on Aging. 37, 5, p. 524-551 28 p.

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  • Geographic proximity of adult children and the well-being of older persons

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This article aims to contribute to the discussion of how adult children affect the well-being of their older parents by investigating the importance of living in close geographic proximity. We investigate whether having children at all, and/or having them geographically proximate, contributes differently to the well-being of older persons living with and without a partner. We enriched survey data for the Netherlands (N = 8,379) with municipal register data and regressed life satisfaction of persons aged 65+ on having children and three different measures of geographic proximity. Having children contributes to the well-being of older men with a partner. There is evidence for a positive association between proximity of children and parental well-being, in particular for widowed and separated mothers and for separated fathers. Our findings suggest that close proximity may be a condition under which adult children can significantly add to the well-being of widowed and separated mothers and separated fathers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-551
Number of pages28
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number5
Early online date19-Aug-2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2015


  • intergenerational geographic proximity, older persons, parenthood, well-being, life satisfaction, register data, The Netherlands, LATER LIFE, SOCIAL LONELINESS, ELDERLY PARENTS, FAMILY-MEMBERS, SUPPORT, SOLIDARITY, CONTACT, QUALITY, PEOPLE, MIDDLE

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