Chinese Parent-Child Relationships in Later Life in the Context of Social Inequalities: Die Beziehungen zwischen älteren chinesischen Eltern und ihren Kindern im Kontext sozialer Ungleichheiten

T. Emery, P.A. Dykstra, Maja Djundeva

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Abstract

This paper examines how parent-child relationships vary against the backdrop of socio-economic inequalities evident in China. China is both an increasingly unequal and rapidly ageing country. Understanding how the relationships that older Chinese have with their children are associated with social inequalities is therefore of paramount importance. We do this by examining the effect of socio-economic indicators of the parent and child on their relationship in a multilevel, multinomial logit model of parentchild dyads using data from the Chinese Family Panel Study. First, the relationships we observe are not unidimensional and display complex patterns which deviate heavily from a ‘strong versus weak’ description of family ties. The results do not support a family displacement perspective of parent-child relationships but instead suggest that educational and financial resources facilitate support that is associated with greater emotional closeness and negates the need for support which places an emotional strain on the parent-child relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-124
JournalZeitschrift für Familienforschung
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date01 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • intergenerational support
  • China
  • inequality
  • Latent Class Analysis

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