Living alone and living together: their significance for well-being

Eckermann, Elizabeth 2015, Living alone and living together: their significance for well-being. In Glatzer, W, Camfield, L, Møller, V and Rojas, M (ed), Global handbook of quality of life : exploration of well-being of nations and continents, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.435-444.

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Title Living alone and living together: their significance for well-being
Author(s) Eckermann, ElizabethORCID iD for Eckermann, Elizabeth
Title of book Global handbook of quality of life : exploration of well-being of nations and continents
Editor(s) Glatzer, W
Camfield, L
Møller, V
Rojas, M
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 18
Total chapters 41
Start page 435
End page 444
Total pages 10
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) Demographic change
Family structures
Living arrangements
Relationship formation
Quality of life
Subjective wellbeing
Summary Differential rates of demographic change between the developed and developing nations contribute to disparate living arrangements and contrasting cultural understandings of living together and alone. Among some cohorts in the developed world, who can afford it, living alone is seen as a lifestyle choice and representative of independence, thus not compromising of wellbeing. In some contexts living arrangements have minimal impact on wellbeing. However, in parts of the developing world, and among other cohorts in developed countries, living alone represents despair, abandonment and loneliness leading to diminished wellbeing. Overriding this cultural difference is the unambiguous population level data from across the world showing that intimate partnerships, particularly marriage, provide a protective shield against low personal wellbeing scores. The jury is still out on whether this protective effect necessarily involves cohabitation. The current rise in living- apart-together relationships and the possible future trend of living together virtually, through second life and other digital media, raises further questions about the nexus between living arrangements and wellbeing.
ISBN 9789401791786
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies In Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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