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The longitudinal effects of grandchild care on depressive symptoms and physical health of grandmothers in South Korea: a latent growth approach

Title
The longitudinal effects of grandchild care on depressive symptoms and physical health of grandmothers in South Korea: a latent growth approach
Authors
Chung S.Park A.
Ewha Authors
정순둘
SCOPUS Author ID
정순둘scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
Aging and Mental Health
ISSN
1360-7863JCR Link
Citation
pp. 1 - 8
Keywords
depressive symptomsGrandchild carehealth statusKorean longitudinal study of aginglatent trajectories
Publisher
Routledge
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
Objectives: This study examined longitudinal effects of grandmothers’ patterns in caring for their grandchildren, and observed the influence of these patterns on grandmothers’ depressive symptoms and self-rated health status, using latent growth curve models. Method: Four waves of the large-scale Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging data were used for this study. The total sample consisted of 1,948 female participants, who have at least one grandchild, and who were age 50–74 in 2006. The study employed the multiple-group latent growth curve using Mplus to analyze if patterns of grandchild care predicted developmental trajectories of depressive symptoms and self-rated health over time. Results: Grandmothers who stopped raising grandchildren reported more depressive symptoms over time than did grandmothers who never raised grandchildren. However, this pattern was not found in the group with income more than 60 percent of the median income in Korea, but this pattern was found in the group with income below 60 percent of the median. Conclusion: Findings from the latent growth curve modeling indicate how caring for grandchildren affected grandmothers’ depressive symptoms and self-rated health status from a longitudinal perspective. Implications for future research and policies on grandchild care are discussed. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
DOI
10.1080/13607863.2017.1376312
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