Geographical distances and support from family members

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  • Clara H. Mulder,

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    1. University of Amsterdam, Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, 1011 ML Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • University of Amsterdam, Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, 1011 ML Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Marieke J. van der Meer

    1. University of Amsterdam, Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, 1011 ML Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Abstract

We address two questions: to what extent does geographical distance to parents, siblings and children living outside the household influence receiving support from them? And to what extent does the availability of other network members living closer play a part in receiving support? We use the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study and logistic regression models of receiving support from parents, children and siblings. The results indicate a strong impact of distance on support from family members, particularly from siblings and fathers but less so from mothers and children. Particularly siblings, sons and mothers are more likely to provide support if there are no other family members living closer. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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