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Understanding Chinese FamiliesA Comparative Study of Taiwan and Southeast China$
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C. Y. Cyrus Chu and Ruoh-Rong Yu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578092.001.0001

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Co‐residence and Family Size

Co‐residence and Family Size

(p.40) 3 Co‐residence and Family Size
Understanding Chinese Families

C. Y. Cyrus Chu

Ruoh‐Rong Yu

Oxford University Press

The traditionally ideal Chinese family is a “large” one, in which many family members live together. This chapter investigates how this ideal pattern has changed in recent years. From the perspectives of family size (number of members in a family) and family type (nuclear, stem, joint and grand), we review various findings in the literature and compare them with the figures from our PSFD data. However, the readers are also warned about the special regulations in China that might disturb the family statistics. This chapter also studies what factors determine a young couple's decision to co‐reside with their senior parents. It turns out that spouses with more resources tend to avoid co‐residing with their parents‐in‐law, in contrast to previous findings.

Keywords:   Chinese families, family size, family type, co‐residence

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