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The Heterogeneity of Partnership Trajectories to Childlessness in Germany

In recent decades, childlessness has increased across many European countries. In addition to socioeconomic characteristics, having a partner is considered a prerequisite in most fertility studies. Yet, still little is known about the partnership …

Destination as a Process: Sibling Similarity in Early Socioeconomic Trajectories

This paper proposes a process-oriented, life course perspective on intergenerational mobility by comparing the early socioeconomic trajectories of siblings to those of unrelated persons. Based on rich Finnish register data (N = 21,744), the findings …

Pathways to death: The co-occurrence of physical and mental health in the last years of life

**BACKGROUND** Physical and mental health are important markers of quality of life. Little is known about how they unfold in tandem in the last years of life. **OBJECTIVE** We take a life-course perspective to identify typical joint trajectories of …

Childhood Family Structure and Early Family Formation in East and West Germany

This study investigated the association between childhood living arrangements and early family formation in Germany. Drawing on persisting sociocultural differences between East and West Germany, the author examined whether the association of …

Sibling Similarity in Family Formation

Sibling studies have been widely used to analyze the impact of family background on socioeconomic and, to a lesser extent, demographic outcomes. We contribute to this literature with a novel research design that combines sibling comparisons and …

Beyond Transmission: Intergenerational Patterns of Family Formation Among Middle-Class American Families

Research about parental effects on family behavior focuses on intergenerational transmission: that is, whether children show the same family behavior as their parents. This focus potentially overemphasizes similarity and obscures heterogeneity in …

The Transition to Parent Care: Costs, Commitments, and Caregiver Selection Among Children

This research traced the process of caregiver selection among adult children longitudinally, investigating how transitions to parent care were influenced by previous constellations of caregiving costs and commitments within sibling groups. The …

The temporal structure of intergenerational exchange: A within-family analysis of parent-child reciprocity

Previous studies of parent-child reciprocity have focused either on the long term (generalized exchange over the life course) or on the short term (concurrent exchange in later life). The purpose of this research was to investigate the linkage …

Short-Term Reciprocity in Late Parent-Child Relationships

Long‐term concepts of parent‐child reciprocity assume that the amount of support given and received is only balanced in a generalized fashion over the life course. We argue that reciprocity in parent‐child relationships also operates in the short …

GlobalIndex - Ein soziologischer Ansatz zur Messung von Globalisierung

Globalization definitely has been one of the most discussed issues in social sciences during the last decade, and still is today. Despite this grown interest, the measurement of globalization still remains vague or often one-sidedly restricted to the …