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Trungta Poolpolamnuay

Country: Thailand
Thesis Title: INFLUENCES OF WOMEN'S EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENTON ELDERLY CARE.
Advisor: PIMONPAN ISARABHAKDI
Abstract:

This research aimed at investigating the influence of education and employment of women on care provided for the elderly. Quantitative data was derived from the 1994 Survey of Elderly in Thailand by the National Statistical Office. The 5,865 samples in this study were the elderly aged 60 years and over who were able to conduct self-response to the questionnaire, had living children and female family members. Logistic Regression Analysis was employed to examine the influence of women’s education and employment towards care for the elderly. A qualitative study was also undertaken for which the data was collected during November – December 2002 by conducting in-depth interviews among 12 pairs of the elderly and their daughters who were the primary caregivers. According to the results of the quantitative study, the elderly who lived with their children were more likely to receive all aspects of care (except for financial care) than those who did not. Women working in the non-agricultural sector also facilitated the chance of providing increased financial care. However, the results did not show the influence of women’s employment on the other 5 aspects of care, and on overall care for the elderly. The qualitative analysis confirmed that women working in the non-agricultural sector had a positive effect on care for the elderly in the financial aspect. However, It was also found that women working in the non-agricultural sector were less likely to provide companionship, food, and assistance in domestic chores than those working in the agricultural sector. The result of both quantitative and qualitative analyses showed consistency in that women’ education and employment had no influence on nursing care and payment of medical expenses for the elderly. Therefore, it is recommended to promote coresidence of the elderly with their family. Moreover, educational development should be carried on along with creating awareness among family members to take care of the elderly.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Demography (International Program)
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