Mothers with living children and children with living mothers: the role of fertility and mortality in the period 1911-2050


Murphy, M; Grundy, E; (2003) Mothers with living children and children with living mothers: the role of fertility and mortality in the period 1911-2050. Population trends (112). pp. 36-44. ISSN 0307-4463

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Abstract

Whether an individual has one or more surviving children at a given age and/or a surviving parent depends both on fertility (not only number of children, but also timing of childbearing) and mortality. We consider the contribution of changes in mortality and fertility to past and likely future trends on availability of such kin. The proportion of people aged 60 with a mother alive will more than double between those born in 1911 and 1970, and the figure will increase for at least the next 30 years. While there are increasing concerns about the availability of informal care for elderly people from children in the next quarter century or so, in fact we conclude that a higher proportion of elderly people are likely to have a surviving child than for any generation ever born in Britain, and will have more than any foreseeable future cohort.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Child, Cohort Studies, *Demography, *Family Characteristics, Female, Fertility, Great Britain, Human, Middle Aged, *Mortality, *Mothers, Probability, Socioeconomic Factors, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Child, Cohort Studies, Demography, Family Characteristics, Female, Fertility, Great Britain, Human, Middle Aged, Mortality, Mothers, Probability, Socioeconomic Factors, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Population Studies (1974-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
PubMed ID: 12870428
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/15605

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