Whose education counts? The impact of grown children's education on the physical functioning of their parents in Tawian

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Sociology
Program Institute of Public and International Affairs (IPIA)
Creator Zimmer, Zachary
Other Author Hermalin, Albert I.; Lin, Hui-Sheng
Title Whose education counts? The impact of grown children's education on the physical functioning of their parents in Tawian
Date 2001
Description Research has identified education as an important predictor of physical functioning in old age. Older adults in Taiwan tend to experience close ties to family members and high rates of adult child coresidence, much more so than is typical in Western cultures. These circumstances might imply additional health-related benefits stemming from the education of grown children. This association could arise in a number of ways, for instance through the sharing of health-related information between child and parent, the quality of caregiving efforts, monetary assistance for medical and other services, or through other psychosocial avenues. In this study, a nationally representative survey of older Taiwanese is employed to examine these concurrent effects. Outcome variables include the existence of any functional limitations (dichotomously measured) and the severity of functional disorders (ordinally measured). Dichotomous and ordinal logistic models are employed. Results suggest that, after adjusting for age, sex, and other factors, both child's and parent's education have an impact on the existence of physical limitations; however, the child's education is more important than the parent's in predicting severity of limitations. This finding implies that models ignoring social network characteristics in the effort to determine health outcomes of older adults may be misspecified, at least in some non-Western societies.
Type Text
Publisher Population Council
First Page 1
Last Page 28
Subject Grown children; Physical functioning; Education
Subject LCSH Older people -- Taiwan; Parent and adult child -- Taiwan
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Zimmer, Z., Hermalin, A. I., & Lin, H-.S. (2001). Whose education counts? The impact of grown children's education on the physical functioning of their parents in Tawian. Policy Research Division Working Papers Series, No. 146. New York: Population Council, 1-28.
Rights Management (c)Population Council
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j10mjf
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