The Impact of Socio-economic Status and Mobility on Perceived Family Functioning

  • Paul A. Tiffin
  • Mark Pearce
  • Carole Kaplan
  • Trian Fundudis
  • Louise Parker
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10834-007-9077-4

Cite this article as:
Tiffin, P.A., Pearce, M., Kaplan, C. et al. J Fam Econ Iss (2007) 28: 653. doi:10.1007/s10834-007-9077-4

Abstract

Perceptions of current family functioning in relation to current household income level, educational status, social-class at birth and social mobility over the lifecourse were investigated in a group of 483 individuals at age 50. Subjective report of family functioning was assessed using the McMaster Family Assessment Device (FAD) with socio-economic information obtained from a self-report Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire. Results indicated significant relationships between household income, social mobility and FAD scores for men but not for women in this sample. For men, lower current income and downward social mobility over the lifecourse were associated with a more negative perception of family functioning. Further research is required to understand the gender differences observed and delineate cause versus effect mechanisms.

Keywords

Family functioning Gender Social mobility Socio-economic status 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Tiffin
    • 1
  • Mark Pearce
    • 2
  • Carole Kaplan
    • 3
  • Trian Fundudis
    • 3
  • Louise Parker
    • 4
  1. 1.Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust, The Newberry CentreWest Lane HospitalMiddlesbroughUK
  2. 2.Paediatric and Lifecourse Epidemiology Research Group, Child Health, School of Clinical Medical SciencesUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneUK
  3. 3.The Fleming Nuffield Unit for Child and Family PsychiatryNewcastle-upon-TyneUK
  4. 4.Community Health and EpidemiologyDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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