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Grandparenting and psychosocial health among older Chileans: a longitudinal analysis.

Grundy, Emily M and Albala, Cecilia and Allen, Elizabeth and Dangour, Alan D and Elbourne, Diana and Uauy, Ricardo (2012) 'Grandparenting and psychosocial health among older Chileans: a longitudinal analysis.' Aging and Mental Health, 16 (8). 1047 - 1057. ISSN 1360-7863

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Abstract

Objectives To investigate factors associated with Chilean grandparents' provision of help to grandchildren and associations between provision of such help and grandparents' mental well-being two years later. Methods Data are drawn from a representative sample of 2000 people aged 66-68 resident in low- or middle-income areas of Santiago who were surveyed in 2005 and re-interviewed two years later. Multivariable analyses were used to investigate factors associated with provision of help to grandchildren at baseline and associations between providing such help and life satisfaction, SF36-Mental Component Summary scores, and depression two years later. Results 41% of grandparents lived with one or more grandchildren and over half provided four or more hours per week of help to grandchildren. Models controlling for baseline mental health, grandchild characteristics, marital and household characteristics, socio-economic status and functional health showed that grandfathers who provided four or more hours per week of help to grandchildren had better life satisfaction two years later and that those providing material help had higher SF36 MCS scores at follow-up. Grandmothers providing four or more hours of help a week had lower risks of depression. Conclusion Older Chileans make important contributions to their families through the provision of help to grandchildren and these appear to have some benefits for their own psychosocial health. Gender differences in the pattern of associations may reflect differences in overall family responsibilities and merit further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Multivariate Analysis, Regression Analysis, Longitudinal Studies, Depression, Personal Satisfaction, Helping Behavior, Family, Family Characteristics, Intergenerational Relations, Parenting, Mental Health, Health Status, Quality of Life, Socioeconomic Factors, Aged, Child, Child, Preschool, Urban Population, Chile, Female, Male, Interviews as Topic, Surveys and Questionnaires
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 07:28
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 08:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20990

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