What is shared care?

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Understanding Society Working Paper Series


Tina Haux and Renee Reichl Luthra

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Shared care is becoming the most popular separation arrangement internationally. Yet, the evidence base on shared care remains thin in the UK with estimates of its prevalence varying between three and 17 per cent. Capturing a relatively new and evolving phenomenon such as shared care is a challenge for longitudinal surveys as much of their value is based on asking the same questions over time. This project  explores how shared care is understood, negotiated and practiced by separated families, to assess the appropriateness of existing questions in Understanding Society in capturing the phenomenon, and to suggest changes where appropriate. 


Social Change, Family Formation And Dissolution, Childbearing: Fertility, Survey Methodology, Sociology Of Households and Caregiving

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