Old-age support for the first-generation only-child parents in urban China

WU Haixia1

(1.Institute of Population and Labor Economics and Center for Aging and Family, China Academy of Social Science)

【Abstract】Based on the data of the first-generation only-child family survey in urban areas in five provincial-level regions, this paper examined the intention and its determinants of old-age support in family and in nursing home for the aging only-child parents. The results showed that their family support level was low, and most parents were self-supported, while there seemed to be no serious risk in emotional and daily care support among the first-generation only-child parents. About 40% of the only-child parents had a willingness to stay in a nursing home in the future. The higher the educational level and income of the only-child were, the more financial support would be provided for their parents. Parents living with the only-child were provided with more household support and had a low willingness to live in nursing homes. Family support, rather than community-based services, had a substitution effect on institutional support for the aging parents.

【Keywords】 only-child in urban areas; family support for the elderly; willingness to stay in a nursing home; community care service;

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ISSN:1000-6087

CN: 11-1489/C

Vol 42, No. 05, Pages 30-44

September 2018

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  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature review and analysis framework
  • 3 Data and methods
  • 4 Results and discussion
  • 5 Conclusions and discussion
  • References