S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (사회발전연구소) Development and Society Development and Society Vol.32 No.1/2 (2003)
Children’s Education, Intergenerational Support, And Elderly Parents’ Health in Taiwan
- Lee, Yean-Ju; Chuang, Yi-Li
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- Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
- Development and Society, Vol.32 No.1, pp. 1-26
- This study uses longitudinal data to examine how adult children’'s education and support patterns affect their elderly parents’' health transitions in Taiwan, after controlling for various socioeconomic characteristics of the elderly. Although we are unable to completely eliminate the possibility of reverse causal influences or selectivity, we find evidence that adult children’'s education promotes good health among their elderly parents. The mean years of adult children’'s schooling decrease the incidence of disability among the functionally independent elderly at the baseline, and enhance recovery from disability among the disabled elderly at the baseline for the six-year interval that followed. Data suggest that these effects are created mainly when children share their nonmaterial resources, including knowledge about health and health care systems. We speculate that this association between children’'s education and elderly health is unique to social contexts with a tradition of extended family systems and current rapid economic growth; however this hypothesis needs further tests in diverse social contexts.
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