In societies where women mainly achieve economic security through their relationships with men (e.g., husbands or adult sons) and where women are expected to be the primary caregiver for their aging husbands, older women are more vulnerable than older men to network events (e.g., illness and death) happening to family members. Using a nationally-representative sample from Taiwan, I have investigated gender differences in the capacity to navigate challenges that may arise in later life and thereby accelerate aging.
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Lee, Chioun, Dana Glei, Maxine Weinstein, and Noreen Goldman. (2014). “Death of a Child and Parental Wellbeing in Old Age: Evidence from Taiwan.” Social Science & Medicine, 101, 166–173. [Journal Link]