Study Finds Chinese American Elders Whose Children Respect Them Live Longer

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A study published in Aging & Mental Health found a correlation between heightened mortality risk in elderly Chinese Americans and perceived respect from their children, reports UPI.

The study included 3,021 Chinese Americans in Chicago at an average age of 73 with at least one child. The researchers found that parents who felt their children listened to them or showed appropriate gratitude had a lower mortality risk. Conversely, parents who did not had a higher mortality risk.

“Strong intergenerational relationships play a protective role in the health and well-being of the aging population,” Mengting Li, a researcher at Rutgers University and study lead author, according to Eureka Alert. “Family solidarity is especially vital to the Chinese American immigrant population, who tend to rely more heavily on their families due to traditional filial piety values.”

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