The reduction in family size in China and concurrent social and economic change are raising concerns that traditional sources of support may be eroding. This Population Council working paper paper examines a) whether rates of coresidence between older adults and their adult children in the Beijing municipality of China have been declining, and b) the determinants of coresidence and coresidence transitions. Results suggest that family support structures for the elderly, when they are facilitated through coresidence, remain basically intact, particularly for those who require the greatest amount of support. Further assessment is required to elucidate the effects of availability, need, and demographic characteristics on the provision of support regardless of coresidence status.
Zimmer, Zachary, Xianghua Fang, Toshiko Kaneda, Zhe Tang, and Julia Kwong. 2004. "Trends and transitions in children's coresidence with older adults in Beijing municipality," Policy Research Division Working Paper no. 187. New York: Population Council.