Impact of past conflicts and social disruption on the elderly in Cambodia

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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 Knodel, John; Kim, Kiry Sovan; Puch, Sina
Title Impact of past conflicts and social disruption on the elderly in Cambodia
Date 2006-06
Description Cambodia experienced violence during the rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Many who died were the children or spouses of today's elderly. This may have resulted in an erosion of family support in a country where formal channels of assistance are virtually absent. This article examines the extent to which current Cambodian elderly experienced deaths of children or spouses, forced migration, and separation from family during the Khmer Rouge period and the extent to which these experiences are associated with adverse welfare conditions of older adults. Data come from a 2004 representative survey of persons aged 60 years and older. More than one in four report that a child died from violent causes during the Khmer Rouge period. More than one in five report death of multiple children. A striking, and on the surface counterintuitive, conclusion is that the impact of deaths on welfare is modest. The reasons, elucidated in the article, include close family integration, high fertility among the current generation of older adults, the probability that losses depended on family size, and the pervasiveness of poverty.
Type Text
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Volume 32
Issue 2
First Page 333
Last Page 360
Subject Cambodia; Elderly; Social Disruption; Conflicts; Poverty
Subject LCSH Cambodia; Older people; Social conflict
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Zimmer Z, Knodel J, Kim K, Puch S. (2006) The Impact of Past Conflicts and Social Disruption on the Elderly in Cambodia. Popul Dev Rev, 32(2): 333-360
Rights Management (c) Blackwell Publishing
Format Medium application/pdf
Identifier ir-main,1781
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 705454
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6417fj9
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