Grandparenting in rural China

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This article examines whether changes in family structure and personal resources have altered the likelihood that grandparents in rural China will provide care for their grandchildren. Analyses of data from the Longitudinal Study of Older Adults in Anhui Province show that grandparents in 2009 were less likely than their 2001 counterparts to provide part-time care, and more likely to provide full-time care. Part-time care declined because of reduced demand for childcare, and full-time care increased because of enhanced capacity among grandparents. Results are discussed in terms of economic growth, changing migration patterns, reduced fertility, and family policy in China.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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