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The Role of Contact Care by Adult Children in Relieving Depression in Older Adult Individuals

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Department of Sport, Leisure, & Recreation, Soonchunhyang University, Asan 31538, Korea
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Pi-Touch Institute, Seoul 04511, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 7981; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137981
Received: 13 May 2022 / Revised: 23 June 2022 / Accepted: 25 June 2022 / Published: 29 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Research on Informal Caregivers)
The purpose of this study is to investigate how contact care by adult children influences the effect of caring for grandchildren on depression in older adult individuals. Studies have shown that caring for grandchildren either increases or decreases the symptoms of depression in older adult individuals, while other studies have shown no effect. The reason for these inconsistent results is that the key control variable, contact care by adult children, has been omitted from these previous studies. An analysis of panel data consisting of observations from 162 older adult respondents in the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging over the 2008–2016 period confirms that the positive effect of caring for grandchildren on depression in older adults increased as the number of adult children who visited their older adult parents after entrusting their children to them increased. As more of their adult children visited the older adult individuals, the latter were more likely to feel that caring for their grandchildren was healing rather than stressful. View Full-Text
Keywords: depression; older adult; adult children; care; KLoSA depression; older adult; adult children; care; KLoSA
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Hong, S.-Y.; Kim, J.-H. The Role of Contact Care by Adult Children in Relieving Depression in Older Adult Individuals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 7981. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137981

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Hong S-Y, Kim J-H. The Role of Contact Care by Adult Children in Relieving Depression in Older Adult Individuals. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(13):7981. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137981

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Hong, Seo-Youn, and Jae-Hyun Kim. 2022. "The Role of Contact Care by Adult Children in Relieving Depression in Older Adult Individuals" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 13: 7981. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137981

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