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Stepfamilies and older people: evaluating the implications of family change for an ageing population

Bornat, Joanna; Dimmock, Brian; Jones, David and Peace, Sheila (1999). Stepfamilies and older people: evaluating the implications of family change for an ageing population. Ageing and Society, 19(2) pp. 239–410.

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The changing nature of family life has become a major issue in contemporary Britain. Concerns that change will bring moral decline and social fragmentation are countered by a more optimistic view which focuses on a future of more equitable and flexible family ties. Research drawing on area-based data in Luton amongst older, middle-aged and younger people with experience of family change suggests that so far as inter-generational relations, caring, and transfers of family wealth are concerned, traditional attitudes towards blood ties, household independence and care and support survive alongside new step relationships. The research also suggests that although several respondents had more than one generation of experience of family change, the language of step relationships is still one which is not yet completely accepted, or one with which people feel completely at ease.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1999 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1469-1779
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 20566
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 14:51
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 18:45
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