Lecture 18 - Soc 120: Marriage and the Family Lecture 18:...

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1 Soc 120: Marriage and the Family Lecture 18: The Elderly & Grandparenting Prof. Elwert Review • Parents & children • Socialization • Parenting styles: Baumrind • Fathers • Education and class: Lareau
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2 Preview • Elderly & grandparenting • Rise of grandparents • Living arrangements • Care arrangements • Grandparenting • Widowhood effect Rise of Grandparenting • Grandparenting emerged as mass phenomenon only since ~WWII • In 1900, <25% of newborns had four living grandparents, 20% of 30 yo had any living grandparents • In 2000, >66%, >75% • For the first time, most grandchildren and grandparents know each other
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3 Rise of Grandparenting • Reasons – Mortality decline • Increased life expectancy (+ ± good years ² ) – Gender and race differences People live long enough to meet grandkids – Fertility decline • Fewer births (and hence fewer siblings); emphasizes vertical kinship • Youngest child leaves home earlier, More time to spend with grandchildren
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4 Fertility Decline (Total Fertility Rate=TFR) Source: Population Reference Bureau based on NCHS data. Living Arrangements
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 120 taught by Professor Elwert during the Fall '11 term at University of Wisconsin.

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