Immigrant And Non-Immigrant Living Arrangements Among America'S White, Hispanic, And Asian Elderly Population

Janet M. Wilmoth, Gordon F. de Jong, Christine L. Himes

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Do the living arrangements of immigrant elderly differ significantly from those for non-immigrant elderly? If so, are differences between immigrants and non-immigrants due to population composition or immigration-based cultural preferences? To answer these questions this research examines the living arrangements of Non-Hispanic White, Hispanic, and Asian elderly using data from the 1990 Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS). The standardization and multinomial logistic regression results indicate that within each of the racial/ethnic groups immigrants, particularly those aged sixty or older upon arrival, are more likely to live in extended family arrangements and less likely to live independently than elderly non-immigrants. Furthermore, these differences between immigrants and non-immigrants are not due to differences in population composition, economic resources, functional limitations, or acculturation. The results suggest that immigration policies are influencing these observed living arrangement differences. The impact of increasing diversity among the older population and potential changes in government policy on the distribution of future elderly living arrangements is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-82
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
StatePublished - Sep 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Sociology and Political Science


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