Effects of Retirement and Grandchild Care on Depressive Symptoms

TitleEffects of Retirement and Grandchild Care on Depressive Symptoms
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSzinovacz, ME, Davey, A
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Call Numberpubs_2006_Szinovacz.pdf
KeywordsAdult children, Healthcare, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

This study explores how grandchild care in conjunction with grandparents' retirement affects depressive symptoms, using data from the Health and Retirement Survey. The findings demonstrate that retirement moderates the influence of grandchild care obligations on well-being, measured by depressive symptoms. For retired men, freedom from grandchild care obligations is associated with heightened well-being. Among women, continued employment seems to protect against potential negative effects of extensive grandchild care obligations on well-being. The results for men seem most in line with the argument that family care obligations spoil retirement, whereas the results for women suggest a scenario that is most compatible with the role enhancement thesis.

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