ERIC Number: EJ955468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
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Intergenerational Ties in Context: Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren in China
Chen, Feinian; Liu, Guangya; Mair, Christine A.
Social Forces, v90 n2 p571-594 Dec 2011
Guided by theories and empirical research on intergenerational relationships, we examine the phenomenon of grandparents caring for grandchildren in contemporary China. Using a longitudinal dataset (China Health and Nutrition Survey), we document a high level of structural and functional solidarity in grandparent-grandchildren relationships. Intergenerational solidarity is indicated by a high rate of coresidence between grandchildren and grandparents, a sizable number of skipped-generation households (no parent present), extensive childcare involvement by non-coresidential grandparents, and a large amount of care provided by coresidential grandparents. Multivariate analysis further suggests that grandparents' childcare load is adaptive to familial needs, as reflected by the characteristics of the household, household members and work activities of the mothers.
Descriptors: Grandchildren, Parent Child Relationship, Grandparents, Multivariate Analysis, Foreign Countries, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Child Rearing, Longitudinal Studies, Family Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: China