Older women and family care in Hong Kong : differences in filial expectation and practices

Keng Mun, William LEE, Hong Kin KWOK

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Cultural aspects of aging have great importance on how older women and men are being treated, in particular in Asia where patriarchal practices dominate. Further, changes in the structure of the Chinese family alter this supportive function, and changes in traditional values affect the nature of the care and support provided to older women and men. This proposition was investigated by a quantitative study involving a survey of 390 older persons in Hong Kong. There are great discrepancies in informal support for older women and men. Older women are less likely to live with adult children; more likely to need financial assistance; and more likely to receive poor informal support. There is evidence that informal support for the elderly is changing in Hong Kong, and older women are being disadvantaged, experiencing insufficient and unavailability of informal support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-150
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Aging
  • Chinese family
  • Family care
  • Filial piety
  • Women


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