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A New Study Suggests That Family Sizes Are Getting Smaller, With Researchers Expecting The Overall Size Of Families To “Decline Permanently” Throughout The World

“We expect the overall size of families to decline permanently in all regions of the world,” Alburez-Gutierrez revealed.

This reduction is also particularly significant, given the aging population. With fewer younger family members, there will be fewer potential caregivers available for the elderly generation.

“As the age gap between individuals and their relatives widens, people will have family networks that are not just smaller, but also older. Consider the case of grandparents and great-grandparents, who are expected to be in greater supply in the future. While this could theoretically help ease the burden of childcare for parents, these grandparents may actually need care themselves,” Alburez-Gutierrez concluded.

“These seismic shifts in family structure will bring about important societal challenges that policymakers in the global North and South should consider.”

To read the study’s complete findings, which have since been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, visit the link here.

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