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Children’s migration and chronic illness among older parents ‘left behind’ in China

Children’s migration and chronic illness among older parents ‘left behind’ in China
Children’s migration and chronic illness among older parents ‘left behind’ in China
The relationship between adult children’s migration and the health of their older parents ‘left behind’ is an emerging research area and existing studies reflect mixed findings. This study aims to investigate the association between having migrant (adult) children and older parents’ chronic illness in China, using chronic stomach or other digestive diseases as a proxy. Secondary analysis of the national baseline survey of the 2011 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) was conducted. Analyses were conducted in a total of sample of 6,495 individuals aged 60 years and above from 28 out of 31 provinces in China, who had at least one child at the baseline survey. Binary logistic regression was used. The prevalence of any of the diagnosed conditions of chronic stomach or other digestive diseases was higher among older people with a migrant son than among those without (27 percent vs 21 percent, p < 0.001). More specifically, the odds ratio of reporting a disease was higher among older adults with at least one adult son living in another county or province than among those with all their sons living closer (OR=1.29, 95% CI=1.10–1.51). The results from this large sample of older adults support the hypothesis that migration of sons significantly increases the risk of chronic stomach and other digestive diseases among ‘left behind’ elderly parents in contemporary China.
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Evandrou, Maria
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Falkingham, Jane
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Qin, Min
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Vlachantoni, Athina
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Evandrou, Maria
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Qin, Min
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Vlachantoni, Athina
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Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane, Qin, Min and Vlachantoni, Athina (2017) Children’s migration and chronic illness among older parents ‘left behind’ in China. SSM - Population Health, 3, 803-807. (doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.10.002).

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The relationship between adult children’s migration and the health of their older parents ‘left behind’ is an emerging research area and existing studies reflect mixed findings. This study aims to investigate the association between having migrant (adult) children and older parents’ chronic illness in China, using chronic stomach or other digestive diseases as a proxy. Secondary analysis of the national baseline survey of the 2011 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) was conducted. Analyses were conducted in a total of sample of 6,495 individuals aged 60 years and above from 28 out of 31 provinces in China, who had at least one child at the baseline survey. Binary logistic regression was used. The prevalence of any of the diagnosed conditions of chronic stomach or other digestive diseases was higher among older people with a migrant son than among those without (27 percent vs 21 percent, p < 0.001). More specifically, the odds ratio of reporting a disease was higher among older adults with at least one adult son living in another county or province than among those with all their sons living closer (OR=1.29, 95% CI=1.10–1.51). The results from this large sample of older adults support the hypothesis that migration of sons significantly increases the risk of chronic stomach and other digestive diseases among ‘left behind’ elderly parents in contemporary China.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 October 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 October 2017
Published date: December 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 414807
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/414807
ISSN: 2352-8273
PURE UUID: d4e229b3-35cf-4922-b6bc-c350926c6210
ORCID for Maria Evandrou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2115-9358
ORCID for Jane Falkingham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7135-5875
ORCID for Min Qin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5941-9979
ORCID for Athina Vlachantoni: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1539-3057

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Date deposited: 11 Oct 2017 16:31
Last modified: 27 Jan 2020 13:52

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