Title

Older women and family care in Hong Kong : differences in filial expectation and practices

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Women and Aging

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Volume

17

Issue

1-2

First Page

129

Last Page

150

Keywords

Aging, Chinese family, Family care, Filial piety, Women

Abstract

Cultural aspects of aging have great importance on how older women and men are being treated, in particular in Asia where patriarchal practices dominate. Further, changes in the structure of the Chinese family alter this supportive function, and changes in traditional values affect the nature of the care and support provided to older women and men. This proposition was investigated by a quantitative study involving a survey of 390 older persons in Hong Kong. There are great discrepancies in informal support for older women and men. Older women are less likely to live with adult children; more likely to need financial assistance; and more likely to receive poor informal support. There is evidence that informal support for the elderly is changing in Hong Kong, and older women are being disadvantaged, experiencing insufficient and unavailability of informal support.

DOI

10.1300/J074v17n01_10

Print ISSN

08952841

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

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Recommended Citation

Lee, W. K. M., & Kwok, H.-k. (2005). Older women and family care in Hong Kong: Differences in filial expectation and practices. Journal of Women and Aging, 17(1-2), 129-150. doi: 10.1300/J074v17n01_10

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