Mature Women's Kin Availability and Contact

by Scott Harrison, Linda Waite

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This Note examines the availability of kin resources of women aged 44-59 and the contact that they have with the kin that they do have available. The authors focus on those groups of older women most at risk of inadequate kin resources: the unmarried, those living in households without relatives, those who are not employed, and those whose health limits their activities. They also compare kin availability and contact by race. They define kin as children, parents, inlaws, and siblings; they examine availability and contact with each of these kin categories separately, and with kin in all categories combined. They thus pinpoint those groups of older women with few kin resources, and those with resources who do not make use of them.

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