The main purpose of the paper was to investigate the manifest family solidarity of older persons in Thailand and to analyze the typology of support between older parents and their adult children using the Latent Class Analysis (LCA). The data from Wave 2 (2017) of the longitudinal panel household survey on Health, Aging, and Retirement in Thailand (HART) were employed for the cross-section analysis.
Results: Three aspects of solidarity revealed that when parents were advanced in age, the solidarity in each aspect or the interrelationship with adult children would tend to increase, in terms of co-residence with children, frequency in contact with children, or the role of sole “recipients” of resource assistance from children. The solidarity indicators had a higher share with the oldest-old parents compared with the young-old and the mid-old parents.
The analysis of LCA revealed the four types of support between older parents and adult children in Thailand were “Detached” “Sociable” “Tight knit” and “Normative.” Overall, filial gratitude towards parents still existed in the Thai society. But behavior might change from the old pattern of children’s assistance and support both in cash and in kind to parents to at least in regular contact with parents or to parents exchanged assistance in kind. This changing behavior reflected the adaptation to the changing society, while familial support to older persons tended to become long-term care. As older persons might relate to many generations of family members, closing the gap between generations should be a policy suggestion.
Dararatt Anantanasuwong, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand
Duanpen Theerawanviwat, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand
Stream: Aging and Gerontology
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Anantanasuwong D., & Theerawanviwat D. (2023) Family Supports Between Older Parents and Adult Children in Thailand ISSN: 2432-4183 The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2432-4183.2023.3
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