Chinese study: Raising daughters reaps better returns

16:47, December 10, 2010      

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The results of a study published by Zeng Yi of the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University on Dec. 9 show that in China the return people get from raising their daughters is better than what they receive from raising sons.

Up to now, Zeng and his research team have done five follow-up surveys, the cumulative number of participants is 81,000, and the survey covers 22 Chinese provinces.

The tendency for adult daughters in China to honor their parents is 18 percent to 35 percent higher than the adult sons, and emotional relationships between adult daughters and elderly parents are 30 percent better than sons.

The results show that, the risk of significantly decreased cognitive ability of elderly who usually talk with daughter and the son-in-law is 20 percent to 33 percent lower than the elderly who usually talk with son sand daughter-in-law. The elderly mortality rate of the elders who only have daughters was significantly lower than the elders who only have sons.

Zeng also believes that the housing pattern of three generations living under one roof is a win-win choice for the elders and their adult children, and the government should take measures to encourage this.

According to the survey, compared with the empty-nesters, the cognitive function of the elderly people who live with their children improved by 40 percent, the possibility of life satisfaction also significantly improved.

Compared with the adult females who live separately from their parents, the possibility of obtaining employment for an adult female living together with her parents increased 23.1 percent, the working hours of female employers increased by 9.42 hours per week, the working hours of male employers increased by 6.23 hours per week. According to self-evaluation from females living with their parents, the likelihood of good health is increased by 19.8 percent.

By Yan Meng, People's Daily Online


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