Informal Networks and Ageing

Research question/goal: 

The aim of the project is to investigate the changes of informal networks (i.e. family relations, friend-ships, and neighbourhood relations) after different status passages which take place in old age, and which hold certain risks for successful integration and subjective well-being of the elderly. Network changes to be studied are changes after the transition to retirement, the death of the partner, the need of assistance and spatial mobility (with special regard to removals into retirement or nursing homes).In a first phase existing survey data will be analysed in internationally comparisons. In a second phase case studies will be conducted in selected European countries, in order to investigate the consequences of different service systems and cultural orientations for the structure and the efficiency of informal networks.

Fact sheet

2003 to 2005
Data Sources: 
secondary analysis
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