Qin Min

Country: China

Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sureeporn Punpuing
1. Prof. Emeritus Dr. Pramote Prasartkul
2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Philip Guest
3. Dr. Melanie Abas

Traditionally, the elderly have relied on their children for personal care and financial support in Thailand. However, the level of internal migration in Thailand has risen dramatically since 1985, when a period of sustained economic development began. Existing studies mainly focus on the impact of migration on migrants themselves. Less attention has been paid to the effects of migration on the family members left behind by migrants. This paper explores how labor migration effects familial care of the elderly who have been left behind. The analysis is based on panel data of the Kanchanaburi Demographic Surveillance System (KDSS) in Thailand. The study tests two models: a Cox hazard model that focuses on labor migration and change in elderly living arrangements and a logistic regression model that focuses on labor migration and intra-household elderly care. The study found that labor migration triggers transitions in elderly living arrangements from co-residence to living alone, even after controlling for elderly demographic, socio-economic, kinship resources and geographic factors. Secondly, labor migration has several negative effects on intrahousehold elderly care, i.e. elderly exposed to labor migration are less like to receive intra-household elderly care of being taken to the hospital compared to those without exposure. This paper raises the concern of the social impact of migration on the elderly in Thai society.

Published Article:

1. Falkingham, J., Evandrou, M., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2021). Chinese women’s health and wellbeing in middle life: unpacking the influence of menopause, lifestyle activities and social participation. Maturitas, 143, 145-150.

2. Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2021). Menopausal transition and change in employment: evidence from the National Child Development Study. Maturitas, 143, 96-104.

3. Falkingham, J., Evandrou, M., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2020). Accumulated life-course adversities and depressive symptoms in later life among older men and women in England: a longitudinal study. Ageing & Society, 40(10), 2079-2105.

4. Qin, M., Falkingham, J., Evandrou, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2020). Attitudes and preferences towards future old age support amongst tomorrow’s elders in China. Demographic Research, 43, 285-314. [11].

5. Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2020). Changing living arrangements, family dynamics and stress during lockdown: evidence from four birth cohorts in the UK. SocArXiv.

6. Falkingham, J., Evandrou, M., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2020). Informal care provision across multiple generations in China. Ageing & Society, 40(9), 1978-2005.

7. Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2020). Older and ‘staying at home’ during lockdown: informal care receipt during the COVID-19 pandemic amongst people aged 70 and over in the UK. SocArXiv.

8. Falkingham, J., Evandrou, M., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2020). Sleepless in Lockdown: unpacking differences in sleep loss during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. medRxiv.

9. Qin, M., Vlachantoni, A., Evandrou, M., & Falkingham, J. (2018). General Health Questionnaire-12 reliability, factor structure, and external validity among older adults in India. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 60(1), 56-59.

10. Qin, M., Falkingham, J., & Padmadas, S. (2018). Unpacking the differential impact of family planning policies in China: analysis of parity progression ratios from retrospective birth history data, 1971-2005. Journal of Biosocial Science, 50(6), 800-822.

11. Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2017). Children’s migration and chronic illness among older parents ‘left behind’ in China. SSM - Population Health, 3, 803-807.

12. Falkingham, J., Qin, M., Vlachantoni, A., & Evandrou, M. (2017). Children’s migration and lifestyle-related chronic disease among older parents ‘left behind’ in India. SSM - Population Health, 3, 352-357.

13. Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J., Qin, M., & Vlachantoni, A. (2017). Elder abuse as a risk factor for psychological distress among older adults in India: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 7(10), 1-15.

14. Qin, M., Padmadas, S., & Falkingham, J. (2017). Trends and determinants of contraceptive method choice in China. China Population and Development Studies, 1(1), 67-82.

15. Qin, M., Brown, J., Padmadas, S., Li, B., Jianan, Q., & Falkingham, J. (2016). Gender inequalities in employment and wage-earning among economic migrants in Chinese cities. Demographic Research, 34(6), 175-202.

16. Qin, M., Zhuang, Y., & Liu, H. (2015). Old age insurance participation among rural-urban migrants in China. Demographic Research, 33, 1047-1066. [37].

Area of your interest:
Population health



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