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The Effects of Inter-generational Support on the Mortality of Older People in Rural China

The Effects of Inter-generational Support on the Mortality of Older People in Rural China As inter-generational support is the primary source of support for the Chinese elderly in rural areas, such support is likely to affect their physical and psychological health. This paper investigates the effects of four types of inter-generational support on the mortality risk of the elderly in Anhui Province. Results showed that mortality risk was influenced significantly only by receiving household support. Financial support and personal care had no effect. Results also indicated that household and emotional support were effective in reducing mortality when delivered at closer proximity, suggesting that quality of support may be enhanced by co-residence and ready access to children. Conclusions about the health benefits of tangible forms of support need to be tempered by an understanding that poor health predisposes inter-generational co-residence, and that the quality of household assistance and emotional support may be sensitive to the geographic distance between older parents and their adult children in rural China. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Population Studies Taylor & Francis

The Effects of Inter-generational Support on the Mortality of Older People in Rural China

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Taylor & Francis
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ISSN
1744-1749
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1744-1730
DOI
10.1080/17441730500441202
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Abstract

As inter-generational support is the primary source of support for the Chinese elderly in rural areas, such support is likely to affect their physical and psychological health. This paper investigates the effects of four types of inter-generational support on the mortality risk of the elderly in Anhui Province. Results showed that mortality risk was influenced significantly only by receiving household support. Financial support and personal care had no effect. Results also indicated that household and emotional support were effective in reducing mortality when delivered at closer proximity, suggesting that quality of support may be enhanced by co-residence and ready access to children. Conclusions about the health benefits of tangible forms of support need to be tempered by an understanding that poor health predisposes inter-generational co-residence, and that the quality of household assistance and emotional support may be sensitive to the geographic distance between older parents and their adult children in rural China.

Journal

Asian Population StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2005

Keywords: rural area; inter-generational support; mortality; living arrangements; older people

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