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Chen, "Intergenerational social support and the psychological well-being of older parents in China," 1998

USC thesis in Aging.
August 26, 2009

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Xuan Chen, M.S.

Abstract (Summary)
This study explores the relationship between intergenerational social support and the psychological well-being of older Chinese parents. Effects of structural, functional, and appraisal support on Chinese parents' well-being have been tested by analyzing a random sample of 3039 persons aged 55+ in China. The data are derived from the 1992 baseline survey of the Beijing Multidimensional Longitudinal Study on Aging. Multiple regression is used to determine the extent to which intergenerational social support influences older parents' morale. Findings reveal that providing instrumental support to children and satisfaction with children are the most significant predictors of parents' well-being. Culturally traditional parents benefit more than the less traditional from providing instrumental support to their children. The results suggest that the development of elder-care policy in China should consider the psychological benefit of intergenerational social support exchange to older parents.

Advisor: Silverstein, Merrie

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