Familial Responses to Financial Instability, Doubling Up When Times Are Tough: Obligations to Share a Home in Response to Economic Hardship, 2009 [United States] (ICPSR 26543)

Published: May 20, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
National Center for Family and Marriage Research; Judith A. Seltzer, University of California-Los Angeles; Suzanne M. Bianchi, University of California-Los Angeles



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This study focused on household living arrangements of parents and adult children during times of financial instability. A survey of over 3,000 adults aged 18 years and older from the general population was conducted by Knowledge Networks on behalf of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research. The survey was completed by 3,132 respondents out of 4,478 cases (69.9 percent response rate). Measures include variables on financial responsibility between children and parents and a vignette on an adult child living with his parents.

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2009-08-14 -- 2009-08-28

This research is supported by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, which is funded by a cooperative agreement, grant number 5 U01 AE000001-03, between the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Bowling Green State University.

Study design is described in the study documentation.

A description of the sampling is provided in the study documentation.


survey data

69.9 percent



2010-05-20 PI requested minor revisions to the study title and PI listing.

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