High-Need Older Adults in Stepfamilies Less Likely to Receive Help From Children

January 19, 2022

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U-M Institute for Social Research Population Studies Center postdoctoral affiliate and Survey Research Center research investigator Sarah Patterson discusses research to try and understand the role of stepchildren in providing care for their aging stepparents. Patterson notes a “step gap,” finding that older adults with only biological children are “more than twice as likely to be cared for” compared to those with any stepchildren. The faculty expert explains the results from the study and why this occurs.

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