Mental health of older migrants migrating along with adult children in China: A systematic review

Julia Juan Wang, Daniel W. L. LAI*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Due to urbanisation in China, about 7.74 million older people have migrated to urban centres, where their adult children reside and work, to care for their grandchildren. While older migrants may benefit from family reunion and mutual support, empirical studies have identified challenges to adaptation, integration and mental health. Employing a systematic literature review approach, this paper examines recent empirical studies on the mental health of older migrants migrating along with adult children in China, focusing on mental health and wellbeing outcomes and determinants and directions for social work interventions. It identifies directions for considering diversity in conceptualisations of mental health and in theoretical perspectives to enrich understanding of the experiences of Chinese older migrants migrating along with adult children and potential interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalAgeing and Society
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Sep 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese older migrants
  • Mental health
  • Migrating along
  • Systematic review

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