Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbs033
Title: The effect of coresidence with an adult child on depressive symptoms among older widowed women in South Korea: An instrumental variables estimation
Authors: Do, Y.K.
Malhotra, C. 
Keywords: Depressive symptoms
Instrumental variables
Intergenerational coresidence
Korea
Living arrangements
Issue Date: May-2012
Citation: Do, Y.K., Malhotra, C. (2012-05). The effect of coresidence with an adult child on depressive symptoms among older widowed women in South Korea: An instrumental variables estimation. Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 67 B (3) : 384-391. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbs033
Abstract: Objectives. To estimate the causal effect of coresidence with an adult child on depressive symptoms among older widowed women in South Korea. Method. Data from the first (2006) and second (2008) waves of the Korea Longitudinal Study of Ageing were used. The analysis was restricted to widowed women aged ≥65 years with at least one living child (N = 2,446). We used an instrumental variables (IVs) estimation exploiting two child characteristics as IVs (the number of sons and whether the eldest child is a daughter). Specification tests for IVs showed that these instruments predict the probability of an older widowed woman's coresidence with an adult child but do not directly affect depressive symptoms. Results. Our IV two-stage least-squares estimator suggested that coresidence with an adult child has a protective effect on depressive symptoms among older widowed women in South Korea. Coresidence was found to be endogenous in our statistical model of depressive symptoms. Discussion. The IV estimation method can be a useful approach to addressing the potential endogeneity between intergenerational coresidence and elderly health. Rapidly decreasing rates of intergenerational coresidence may raise public health concerns among older widowed women in South Korea. © The Author 2011.
Source Title: Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/110307
ISSN: 10795014
DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbs033
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