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Marriage Squeeze and Intergenerational Support in Contemporary Rural China: Evidence from X County of Anhui Province.
Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2015 Jan; 80(2):115-39.IJ

Abstract

With China's gender imbalance and increasingly severe male marriage squeeze, patterns of intergenerational support in rural areas are likely to undergo significant change. Using data from a survey of four towns from X county in Anhui province carried out in 2008, this article analyzes the effects of sons' marital status on intergenerational support. Random-effect regression analysis shows that son's marital status has strong effects on financial support to and coresidence with parents. Compared with married sons, older unmarried sons (so-called forced bachelors) tend to provide less financial support to their parents and are more likely to live with their parents. Parents' support of sons, as well as the parents' own needs and sons' capabilities all affect the support provided by sons. These results show that both theories of exchange and altruism are simultaneously relevant in the context of the marriage squeeze of contemporary rural China.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute for Population and Development Studies, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China.Department of Sociology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China guoqiuju013@hust.edu.cn.Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26243325

Citation

Jin, Xiaoyi, et al. "Marriage Squeeze and Intergenerational Support in Contemporary Rural China: Evidence From X County of Anhui Province." International Journal of Aging & Human Development, vol. 80, no. 2, 2015, pp. 115-39.
Jin X, Guo Q, Feldman MW. Marriage Squeeze and Intergenerational Support in Contemporary Rural China: Evidence from X County of Anhui Province. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2015;80(2):115-39.
Jin, X., Guo, Q., & Feldman, M. W. (2015). Marriage Squeeze and Intergenerational Support in Contemporary Rural China: Evidence from X County of Anhui Province. International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 80(2), 115-39. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091415015590304
Jin X, Guo Q, Feldman MW. Marriage Squeeze and Intergenerational Support in Contemporary Rural China: Evidence From X County of Anhui Province. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2015;80(2):115-39. PubMed PMID: 26243325.
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