新家人關係－建構單身女性跨代共居住宅意象 初探性研究New Family Relationship: A Pilot Study on Establishing the Image of Intergenerational Co-Housing for Single Women
The advent of an aging society with a low birth rate, together with women’s longer average life expectancy compared with that of men, have contributed to an increasing number of older single women who are either unmarried, divorced, or widowed. Moreover, the prevalence of the notion of not getting married has led to more young single women. Intergenerational co-housing, having become a trend over the past few years, serves as a residential option for young and older single women. This study employs the Zaltman Metaphor Extraction Technology (ZMET) image of women’s intergenerational co-housing. The results reveal a “single-story house” and a “house with a yard” to be the primary choice of co-housing for single women across generations. In addition, these women are expected to gain health, a sense of accomplishment and security, and the freedom to do whatever they wish to through intergenerational co-housing. By analyzing the image of single women’s intergenerational co-housing for different generations, this study provides recommendations and insights into future planning for intergenerational co-housing.
Key words: single women, intergenerational, co-housing, ZMET