Intensity of grandparent caregiving and life satisfaction among rural chinese older adults: a longitudinal study using latent difference score analysis.

Journal Article (Academic article)

This study examined how life satisfaction and grandparent caregiving intensity changed over time among rural Chinese older adults, and whether there was a leading predictor between grandparent caregiving intensity and life satisfaction. Using 4 waves of data from the Well-being of Elderly in Anhui Province of China (N = 1704), we applied latent difference score analysis to explore this relationship. Results indicated that grandparent caregiving intensity decreased and life satisfaction increased over time. There was a lagged effect between grandparent caregiving intensity and life satisfaction, and life satisfaction demonstrated a leading prediction role between these 2 variables. This study confirmed the potentially rewarding aspect of grandparent caregiving, which may lead to greater life satisfaction. The results also revealed that psychological well-being among grandparents is very important for performing activities, such as caregiving.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Xu, L; Wu, B; Chi, I; Hsiao, H

Published Date

  • October 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 287 - 299

PubMed ID

  • 22929375

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1550-5057

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31826665d0


  • English