Abstract: Paper No. 17

Traditionality, Modernity, and Household Composition: Parent-Child Coresidence in Contemporary Turkey

Hakan Aykan and Douglas A. Wolf

November 1998

Abstract:  We investigate the patterns and correlates of currently married adult children's coresidence with their parents in Turkey, using data from the 1993 Turkish Demographic and Health Survey. We are particularly interested in "traditional" patterns of coresidence-that is, coresidence with one or both of the husband's parents-and the effects of variables measuring traditionality at the individual and contextual levels on coresidence with any parent, and with the husband's parents. The results indicate that coresidence among currently married children is not the norm. However, the odds of coresidence with the husband's parents, given that a couple coresides with any parent, are very high. In addition, we find substantial effects of traditionality measures on coresidence especially with the husband's parents. Continued economic development, and the social changes that accompany it, can be expected to reduce the prevalence of parent-child coresidence in Turkey.

A revised version of this paper appears in Research on Aging, Vol. 22(July 2000): 395-421. Those interested in this work should see that journal.