ERIC Number: EJ727352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Receipt of Assistance and Extended Family Residence among Elderly Men in Mexico
de Vos, Susan; Solis, Patricio; de Oca, Veronica Montes
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v58 n1 p1-27 2004
This article focuses on help received by a nationally-representative sample of 2,376 Mexican men age 60+ in 1994. In the month before the interview, about one-half of the men received in-kind or domestic assistance, two-fifths received financial assistance, and about one-fourth received physical assistance. This was so even as almost half the men still worked, and over half (57%) had no discernable functional limitation. Using logistic regression, the study found support for the common assumption that living arrangements are an important predictor of assistance. Other factors are important too however. In fact, many elders received help from non-coresiding relatives. Beside financial remittances, help from non-coresiding relatives included in-kind, domestic, and physical assistance. Research on Mexico suggests that we need to revisit notions of a modified extended family in which non-coresidential ties can be important. Surveys need questions about frequency of contact and geographic distance between elderly people and their kin.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Males, Family (Sociological Unit), Predictor Variables, Social Services, Family Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico