Title: Does Intergenerational Support Affect Older People’s Social Participation? An Empirical Test from Chinese Elderly Population
Stream: Aging and Gerontology
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Yiqi Wangliu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
As social participation is one of the keys to successful aging, how to promote older people’s social participation has become an essential task around the globe. This study examined the association between various kinds of intergenerational support older people received and their social participation. The dataset of China Survey of Elderly Health Influencing Factors (CLHLS), which is a long-term household follow-up survey of adults aged 65 years old and above was utilized in this study. It was indicated that in addition to caring support, financial support and emotional support were all positively associated with older people’s social participation. We observed rural-urban and gender differences in the impacts of financial support and emotional support on social participation and these impacts were significant in urban group. Although the effect of emotional support is significant in both groups, financial support is only obvious in female group. As for mediating effect, financial support was likely to improve older people’s self-rated health and the improvement of self-rated health was likely to enhance their social participation. At the same time, emotional support increased older people’s life satisfaction and the enhancement of life satisfaction resulted in higher levels of social participation. We supplemented the impact of a kind of support on older people’s social participation, namely intergenerational support and tested the evidence of urban-rural differences, gender differences and the mediating effect of self-rated health and life satisfaction in this relationship within the context of Chinese culture.
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