Population aging is one of the most pressing global challenges we face and families are expected to play a starring role in meeting those challenges. Yet families are increasingly diverse and complex because of such trends as higher rates of divorce and remarriage, delayed marriage and parenthood, childlessness, lower fertility rates, same sex marriage and changing employment situations. Despite these profound changes, families continue to be the key social institution in which individuals are embedded, cared for, and supported – especially in later life. But the effects of major family transitions may accumulate – as advantage or disadvantage - over the life course, intensifying their impact on later life well-being. This innovative cluster project will build an international interdisciplinary team, deepen community partnerships, and test the capacity of Canadian data to understand how differences in family life course paths affect older adults’ health, wealth and happiness.
For more information on the project see this article: http://www.ales.ualberta.ca/ALESNews/2016/February/Newstudytofocusonimpactoffamilydiversityonolderadults.aspx
Human Ecology2016 Research Cluster Grant