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Martijn Hogerbrugge

Location: UU
Yeargroup: 2007


Family Solidarity: Changes Over Time and its Causes and Consequences

The aim of this project is to contribute to existing research regarding family solidarity. Previous research has relied extensively on a six dimensional model of family solidarity, distinguishing associational, affectional, consensual, functional, normative and structural dimensions of family solidarity. We think this model could be improved by reducing the number of dimensions from six to two (latent) dimensions, distinguishing a cognitive-affectional component or dimension, and a structural-behavioural component or dimension. Furthermore, since family solidarity is a concept that is one the familial level, we believe it would be more adequate to use multi-actor instead of single-actor data, as is done in most previous research on family solidarity. In the first part of this project these two theoretical/methodological issues will be tackled. In the second part of the project, attention will shift towards the question whether family solidarity changes over time (within families), and if so, how these changes could be explained. Special attention will be paid to the effects of (negative) life events in the lives of family members on family solidarity. Finally, we will look at the consequences of (different levels of) family solidarity in terms of the well-being of family members and the occurrence of (negative) life events. We will answer the posed questions and issues using data from the Netherlands' Kinship Panel Study (NKPS), a large multi-actor, longitudinal dataset on solidarity in family relationships in the Netherlands.

Supervisors: Aafke Komter (UU), Wilma Vollebergh (UU), Peer Scheepers (RU)