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A Life-Course Analysis of Geographical Distance to Siblings, Parents, and Grandparents in Sweden
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A new study by researcher Martin Kolk makes a contribution to the demography and geography of kinship by studying how internal migration and demography shape the geographical availability of kin in contemporary Sweden.

The study uses a longitudinal approach in which the distance to siblings, parents, and grandparents is measured for the same individuals at different ages.  It follows all men and women in Sweden born in 1970 and their kin from age 10 to age 37, examining changes in distances to kin at ages when the cohort leave the parental home and often begin a new family.

Overall, results show that Swedes live close to parents, siblings, and grandparents and have a large family network in their proximity. 

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