【讲座预告】Is Living with In-Laws a Threat to Well-being? Coresidence and Subjective Well-being of Young Adults in Cross-Cultural Comparison
【标题】Is Living with In-Laws a Threat to Well-being?Coresidence and Subjective Well-being of Young Adults in Cross-Cultural Comparison
Living alone, with parents and especially living with in-laws in the transition to adulthood is framed quite differently in bilinear, neolocal kinship cultures than in patrilineal, patrilocal cultures and thus should result in different levels of well-being. Based on data from panel studies, the paper analyzes the level and changes of subjective well-being of adolescents in the age bracket between 16 and the age of 35 in various types of household composition in a cross-cultural comparative perspective with panel studies from 5 societies. Entering into a nuclear household of procration resulted in a strong increase of well-being in the United States, a small increase in Taiwan and Mainland China, but in a strong decrease in Japan. Whereas in-law- and lineage-extensions did not have different effects in the United States, the in-law extension decreased well-being more in Japan, whereas the reverse was true for Mainland China. Entering into an extended household with in-laws in the transition to adulthood decreased only the well-being of young men in the United States, but increased it for young women in Taiwan and especially for young men in Mainland China.
Qiang Ren is an associate Professor and associate director at the Center for Social Research and associate Director of the Institute of Social Science Survey, Peking University. He is a Co-PI of China Family Panel Studies. He obtained a Ph.D. in demography. His research interests include environment and health, population issues.