ERIC Number: EJ802666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Intergenerational Support and Depression among Elders in Rural China: Do Daughters-in-Law Matter?
Cong, Zhen; Silverstein, Merril
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n3 p599-612 Aug 2008
This study examined the influence of intergenerational assistance with household chores and personal care from sons, daughters, and daughters-in-law on the depressive symptoms of older adults in rural China. The sample derived from rural Anhui Province, a region with a strong hierarchy of support preferences that leads with sons and their families. We used data from a random sample of 1,281 adults aged 60 and over, who were interviewed in 2001 and 2003. Analyses indicated that depressive symptoms were usually reduced by assistance from daughters-in-law and increased sometimes when such support was from sons. These relationships held most strongly when mothers coresided with their daughters-in-law. This research suggests that the benefits of intergenerational support are conditional on culturally prescribed expectations.
Descriptors: Daughters, Foreign Countries, Depression (Psychology), Family (Sociological Unit), Sons, Adults, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Interviews, Parent Child Relationship, Older Adults, Rural Areas
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Identifiers - Location: China