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Results

Click this button to see the results of this study for the 1971-1981 cohort:

Here you can see that the numbers are concentrated on the diagonal, i.e. for most of the subjects there is no change in living arrangements over the 10 years of follow-up. In particular it is notable how few people were living with their adult children at the end of the period (5% of those living alone in 1971, and 7% of those living with a spouse in 1971).

Remember, though, that our sample includes people who do not have children and so could not possibly move into this category. However we can still get draw conclusions by looking at differences in this proportion between different groups.

Let's compare the results for the second cohort, 1981-1991.

The results are much the same as for the first cohort, except that there is a higher proportion of the "living with others" group in 1981 moving to living alone by 1991, and a much smaller proportion of the same group living with their adult children in 1991.

Now, breaking down the results by sex:

Note how the greater longevity of women means there are many more of them than men in this age group. Looking at the row totals, we can see that the men are more likely to end the follow-up period living with a spouse, whereas the women are more likely to be living alone.

The results for the second cohort show similar characteristics to the first: