Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Multigenerational Families

  • Andrea N. HuntEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_893-1



Multigenerational families are defined in a number of ways. The US Census Bureau (2012) defines multigenerational families as families that consist of more than two generations living in the same residence. This includes one-parent multigenerational families, which is usually a mother and grandmother raising a child together, and two-parent multigenerational families where a grandparent is the recipient of care or is assisting with the care of others (Barnett et al. 2016). In some Asian cultures, the two-parent multigenerational family is sometimes referred to as joint households or undivided households. Researchers may use a different definition that focuses on a grandparent living with at least one other generation as a multigenerational family, which would include grandparents raising grandchildren. These families are also considered skipped-generation families (Mills et al. 2005...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Family StudiesUniversity of North AlabamaFlorenceUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Christine A. Mair
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)BaltimoreUSA