Young parents' contact with their relatives

Francis McGlone, Alison Park and Kate Smith
15th May 1998

This report examines the 1986 and 1995 British Social Attitudes data in more detail than has been previously possible, focusing in particular on the experiences and attitudes of families with dependent children.

It concludes that relatives remain important in the lives of most young parents, with the majority of people with dependent children remaining in frequent contact with their immediate family. However, contact with relatives is clearly less extensive than it was a decade or so ago.

The research suggests that differences in attitudes towards the family may reflect 'generational' differences, and hence that attitudes within society as a whole will change as young generations replace older ones.