Intergenerational Family Relationships and Their Impact on Preferences for Meeting Future Care Needs Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Taiwan

Ju Ping Lin, Chia Wen Yu, Chiu Hua Huang

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    Abstract

    This chapter investigates middle-aged and older adults’ preferences for meeting future care needs in Taiwan to examine the relationship between intergenerational family relationships and preferred sources of care. Data were taken from the 2016 Taiwan Social Change Survey. While most middle-aged and older adults preferred home care, more than 40% favored community-based care and institutional care. The ideal form of older adult care in the minds of middle-aged and older people in Taiwan has altered from that in traditional times. Intergenerational family relationships were related to preferences for meeting future care needs, and gender played a significant role. The more assistance older men provided to adult children, the more they preferred to receive institutional care. The more conflicts older women had with adult children, the more they preferred to receive institutional care. The influence of filial norms was still salient for both men and women; those who expected less of their adult children to fulfill filial piety preferred to receive institutional care in later years.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAging Families in Chinese Society
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Pages234-250
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9781000428513
    ISBN (Print)9780367858896
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences
    • General Psychology

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