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Factors Associated with the Psychological Health of Caregiving Older Parents and Support from Their Grown Children: Results from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study

by Liping Fu 1,2, Yuhui Wang 1,2 and Lanping He 1,2,*
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College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
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Center for Social Science Survey and Data, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 556; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020556
Received: 30 November 2019 / Revised: 13 January 2020 / Accepted: 14 January 2020 / Published: 15 January 2020
In China, older parents have become an important source of childcare for their grown children since 2010. However, caring for grandchildren may affect older parents’ psychological health (PH) in both positive and negative ways. Using the method of stepwise decreasing logistic regression, this study aimed to assess the factors associated with PH and support from grown children among caregiving older parents (400 respondents) based on the public panel data of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). The findings showed that being male (X1, OR = 1.661 (95% CI 1.066–2.590)), being literate (X4, OR = 2.129 (95% CI 1.369–3.309)), and expecting long-term care in the future from their grown children (X6, OR = 2.695 (95% CI 1.736–4.185)) were significant factors associated with PH. Therefore, in such an aging society, we should not regard older parents as a “burden”; we should recognize and appreciate their contribution to caregiving. As family and children, it is important to give older parents the necessary economic and emotional support to maintain their psychological health in the meantime.
Keywords: caregiving older parents; CHARLS data; factors; psychological health; stepwise decreasing logistic regression caregiving older parents; CHARLS data; factors; psychological health; stepwise decreasing logistic regression
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Fu, L.; Wang, Y.; He, L. Factors Associated with the Psychological Health of Caregiving Older Parents and Support from Their Grown Children: Results from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 556.

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