Mobilitätsverhalten in Abhängigkeit von der partnerschaftlichen Lebensform

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Abstract

Since the middle of the sixties a change in living arrangements based on partnership can be noticed. It manifests itself in an increase of alternative family forms and a decrease of married couples. In this study, singles, living apart together relationships (LATs), and cohabitants were compared with married couples with regard to their mobility behaviour. The database consisted of a survey of 1.206 residents of three big German cities conducted in the year 2003. The common assumption that singles are a highly mobile group of persons was rejected. This assumption could be traced back to the fact that singles were often equated with persons in one-person households. If they were operationalised via being partnerless, their distance travelled per person corresponded approximately to that of married couples and was far below the distance travelled by LATs and cohabitants. Whilst cohabitants had a high amount of occupational mobility, LATs were highly mobile in their leisure time. A further increase of these two living arrangements, which are often associated with certain mobility necessities, will lead to a corresponding increase of occupational and leisure time mobility, implying negative effects for man and environment.
Keyword: Transportation,Single Persons,Behavior,Cohabitation,Arrangements,Conservation,Ecological,Living
Original languageGerman
JournalUmweltpsychologie
Volume10
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)160-182
ISSN1434-3304
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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