Parental separation or death of the mother undermine relationships with the father

Émilie Vivas, division Enquêtes et études démographiques, Insee

After leaving the parental home, most adults maintain very close links with their parents. 44% of adults aged between 18 and 79 who do not live with their parents live less than 30 minutes from their home and 42% say that they see them at least once a week. However, the parental couple no longer exists for many adults. At 40 years of age most adults have lost at least one of their parents, most often their father. Furthermore, when the two parents are still living, they are sometimes separated. Adults see their fathers less frequently and are less satisfied with their relationships with them when their parents are separated or when their mother is deceased. 27% of 45-54 year-olds who do not live with their parents say that at least one of them suffers from incapacities. Parental incapacity does not increase the intensity of the relationships which adults have with their parents, but does reduce the satisfaction which these relationships give them.

Insee Première
No 1157
Paru le : 20/09/2007