Family structure and the status of the elderly: a preliminary empirical study

Journal of Comparative Family Studies Vol/Iss. 10 Published In Pages: 429-443
By Lee, Gary R., Kezis, Mindy


This article examines the status of the elderly cross-culturally, proposing that familial complexity, unlineal descent, and unilocal residence are predictors of high status. The authors theorize that elderly male status will be highest in patrilineal and patrilocal societies; elderly female status will be highest in matrilineal and matrilocal societies. Some support is found for these patterns, but the authors ultimately regard them as too simple to adequately predict status of the elderly.

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