Rural Women

A Study on Demonstration Effect of Adult Children in Family Support in Rural China

Gao Jianxin
chool of Management of Xi'an Jiaotong University
Population Journal 2012-3

Abstract:Using data from a sample survey and follow - up surveys, "Well - being of the elderly in Anhui Province", conducted in 2001,2003, 2006, and 2009 respectively, by the Institute for Population and Development Studies of Xi'an Jiaotong University in Chaohu city, Anhui province, this study conducted an em- pirical research on the mutual effect of support activities for elderly parents among adult children in family support in rural China based on filial piety notion systematically. The results reveal that adult child will give more economic support, household chores and life care, if more of his/her siblings share responsibilities. The results also show that old parents will benefit from more adult children sharing filial responsibilities. Therefore, it is proved that the filial piety demonstration effect exist among adult children siblings in providing intergenerational support for their old parents.
Keywords:rural area, the elderly, adult children, sibling, family support, demonstration effect

Paper type:Published