The New Rural Pension Scheme and Family Support and Relationship-Perspectives of Older Adults and Their Children in Rural China
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ling Xu
University of Texas at Arlington
School of Social Work, 211 S. Cooper Street
Arlington, TX 76019, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 22, 2017; Accepted Date: February 15, 2017; Published Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: He H, Xu L, Xian M (2017) The New Rural Pension Scheme and Family Support and Relationship-Perspectives of Older Adults and Their Children in Rural China. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 6: 400. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000400
Copyright: © 2017 He H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: Guided by three theoretical models, this study examined how the formal social insurance policy of the new rural pension scheme (NRPS) in China affected the informal support and relationship between older adults and their adult children as well as among children.
Methods: We conducted interviews for older adults in 20 rural families in the center part of China in 2014. Grounded theory approach was used to delineate the codes or themes.
Results: The results from the qualitative interview showed that although receiving NRPS reduced poverty among the old adults, it brought decreased financial support and change in instrumental support and structural support from their adult children. It also had complex effects on relationships between the older adults and their children as well as among children.
Discussion: These findings indicate that the formal social insurance policy to some extent may disrupt the informal traditional family support for the old adults, which enriches our theoretical and practical understanding of the role and impacts of social insurance in a traditional Chinese cultural context.