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Intergenerational support of Chinese rural elders with migrant children: do sons' or daughters' migrations make a difference?
J Gerontol Soc Work. 2009 Jul; 52(5):534-54.JG

Abstract

This article investigates how the out-migration of adult children affects monetary, instrumental, and emotional support of Chinese rural elders over a 5-year interval, and whether the gender of migrant children makes a difference in such relationships. With a sample of 1,006 older parents (60+) in rural Anhui province, the result of hierarchical regression analyses showed that support from adult children was mainly needs based. Declining income of older parents related to increased monetary support. Experiencing widowhood and difficulties with instrumental activities of daily living was associated with higher probability of receiving instrumental support. Beyond expanding parental needs, only the out-migration of sons led to more monetary and emotional support among elders over time. Implications for policy, social work practice, and future research are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90089-0411, USA. mguo@usc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19585327

Citation

Guo, Man, et al. "Intergenerational Support of Chinese Rural Elders With Migrant Children: Do Sons' or Daughters' Migrations Make a Difference?" Journal of Gerontological Social Work, vol. 52, no. 5, 2009, pp. 534-54.
Guo M, Chi I, Silverstein M. Intergenerational support of Chinese rural elders with migrant children: do sons' or daughters' migrations make a difference? J Gerontol Soc Work. 2009;52(5):534-54.
Guo, M., Chi, I., & Silverstein, M. (2009). Intergenerational support of Chinese rural elders with migrant children: do sons' or daughters' migrations make a difference? Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52(5), 534-54. https://doi.org/10.1080/01634370902983245
Guo M, Chi I, Silverstein M. Intergenerational Support of Chinese Rural Elders With Migrant Children: Do Sons' or Daughters' Migrations Make a Difference. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2009;52(5):534-54. PubMed PMID: 19585327.
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