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Intergenerational support and subjective health of older people in rural China: A gender‐based longitudinal study

Intergenerational support and subjective health of older people in rural China: A gender‐based... Aim: To examine gender differences in the effect of intergenerational exchanges on subjective health of Chinese rural elderly. Methods: Using the data from three waves of the survey ‘Well‐being of Elderly in Anhui Province, China’ conducted in 2001, 2003 and 2006, respectively, this study uses random effect logit models for men and women separately. Results: While an increase in instrumental support from children to older people is associated with deterioration in the subjective health of older men, financial support from older people to children is associated with improvement in the formers' subjective health. Although an increase in instrumental support from older people to children, and mutual emotional support is associated with improved subjective health of older women, financial support from children to older women has a negative effect on the latter's subjective health. Conclusions: Reciprocal intergenerational transfers contribute to improvement in subjective health of older people, while increased support through demand‐based transfers appears to result in deterioration of their health. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australasian Journal on Ageing Wiley

Intergenerational support and subjective health of older people in rural China: A gender‐based longitudinal study

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 ACOTA
ISSN
1440-6381
eISSN
1741-6612
DOI
10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00364.x
pmid
19566802
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Abstract

Aim: To examine gender differences in the effect of intergenerational exchanges on subjective health of Chinese rural elderly. Methods: Using the data from three waves of the survey ‘Well‐being of Elderly in Anhui Province, China’ conducted in 2001, 2003 and 2006, respectively, this study uses random effect logit models for men and women separately. Results: While an increase in instrumental support from children to older people is associated with deterioration in the subjective health of older men, financial support from older people to children is associated with improvement in the formers' subjective health. Although an increase in instrumental support from older people to children, and mutual emotional support is associated with improved subjective health of older women, financial support from children to older women has a negative effect on the latter's subjective health. Conclusions: Reciprocal intergenerational transfers contribute to improvement in subjective health of older people, while increased support through demand‐based transfers appears to result in deterioration of their health.

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Australasian Journal on AgeingWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2009

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