Study looks at impact of childcare on elderly immigrants
Caring for grandchildren may be beneficial for mental health, but only if caregiving responsibilities are not burdensome to the elderly, a study on Chinese immigrants living in America has found.
Research from the ongoing Population Study of Chinese Elderly (PINE), in Chicago, was carried in the recent The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences Volume 72:S1.
Researchers doctors Man Guo, Ling Xu, and Xin Qidong from the PINE study interviewed more than 3000 elderly Chinese immigrants living in the US.
They examined factors such as family conflicts, and the association between grandchildren caregiving, filial discrepancy, and depression.
The study found that family relationships may both benefit and harm the mental health among elderly Chinese.
The study said Chinese populations consider family as the major source of protection against hardships, such as immigration. “Adult children fulfilling filial obligations and grandparents providing care for grandchildren are traditional ways to strengthen the family connections within Chinese families.”