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Widows & adult children

Finally, let's look at the particular case of widow(er)s. The table below shows numbers of people who were living with a spouse and no adult children in 1971, broken down by living arrangements in 1981.

Living arrangements 1981
 
Living alone
Spouse, no adult children
Adult children
Living with others
Total
Widow(er)s in 1981
3592 (81%)
< 10 (< 1%)
565 (13%)
251 (6%)
4413
Total
3735 (32%)
6839 (58%)
851 (7%)
319 (3%)
11744

Note: Cell counts less than 10 have been suppressed. Totals are calculated using a standard value of 5 for all suppressed cells. Data extracted from LS 11/07/03.

The proportion of widow(er)s who are living with their adult children at the end of follow-up is higher than the proportion for the total sample, but still, the majority of widow(er)s are living alone by 1981. The figures for the second follow-up period, below, show an even greater tendency for living alone after widow(er)hood, rather than moving in with adult children.

Living arrangements 1991
 
Living alone
Spouse, no adult children
Adult children
Living with others
Total
Widow(er)s in 1991
4885 (90%)
< 10 (< 1%)
333 (6%)
188 (3%)
5407
Total
5130 (34%)
9259 (61%)
548 (4%)
217 (1%)
15154

Note: Cell counts less than 10 have been suppressed. Totals are calculated using a standard value of 5 for all suppressed cells. Data extracted from LS 11/07/03.