The Impact of Socio-economic Status and Mobility on Perceived Family Functioning
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- Tiffin, P.A., Pearce, M., Kaplan, C. et al. J Fam Econ Iss (2007) 28: 653. doi:10.1007/s10834-007-9077-4
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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.