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Dan Tang, Visiting Associate Professor in Maryland Population Research Center

Living Arrangements, Social Networks and Depressive Symptoms Among Urban and Rural Older Adults in China
When Feb 12, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Due to a combination of a decrease in fertility and the increase of migrating populations, the living arrangements of older adults has been changing over the past several decades. By 2015, the percentage of older adults who are not living with adult children is more than 50%. We know there is filial obligation in China, with a strong expectation that children provide support to aging parents. Non-coresidence with adult children potentially has negative impacts on the mental health among older adults in China.  The dichotomy of the Chinese rural and urban systems leads to a significant difference in the lives and support systems of urban and rural older adults. The effects of these living arrangements on mental health among the Chinese rural elderly might vary from those among their urban counterparts. Based on data from the Chinese Longitudinal Aging Social Survey (CLASS) 2014, Dr. Tang will discuss the effects of living arrangements on depressive symptoms among Chinese elderly, as well as compare the difference between rural and urban samples.  She additionally will address the moderating effect of social networks, including familial vs. friend networks, on the association between living arrangements and depressive symptoms.

About the Speaker

Dan Tang

Dr. Tang is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Maryland Population Research Center for the 2017-2018 academic year.  She is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Gerontology, The School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China.  Her focus is on quantitative research with an emphasis on psychological health of the elderly and migrant populations.  She has been a Project Manager on multiple studies and published in a variety of esteemed journals in areas of population, psychology, economics and gerontology.

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