Education, adult children's education, and depressive symptoms among older adults in rural China

Yaolin Pei, Zhen Cong, Bei Wu

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Abstract

This study examines whether children's education amplifies the effect of older adults' own education on their later life depressions in rural China. Data derives from six waves of panel data (2001, 2003 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015) from the Longitudinal Study of Older Adults in Anhui Province, China. Random effect models showed that both older adults' own education and adult children's education had direct effects on depressive symptoms of older adults. Older adults' education influenced children's education, and in turn influenced intergenerational support from children, which consequently influenced depressive symptoms of older adults. Taken together, children's education amplifies the effect of older adults' own education on their depressive symptoms in rural China. This process increases health inequalities among older adults as a result of associated educational achievements in two generations. Educational policy should promote the equality of educational attainment of individuals in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number112966
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume253
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • Children's education
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Education
  • Intergenerational support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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