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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Time: 12:30 – 13:30 hrs.  Room 109 Sabua, 1st Floor

Title: The Relationship of Attitudes towards One's Own Aging to Physical and Mental Health among Thai Older Adults

By: Ms. Shrijana Aryal, MA Program in Population and Social Gerontology


Thailand is getting older, experiencing rapid changes in its demographic composition. It is now the second most aged country in Southeast Asia, after Singapore, with the older population now reaching 12%. The growing number of healthy older and their demand for quality aged care has resulted in a growing international interest over studying quality of life and how individuals perceive their own aging. While this has not been closely studied Asian countries, some research suggests that having positive attitudes towards one's own aging can result in better physical and mental health of an individual. This study tries to investigate the relationship between attitudes of Thai elders towards their own aging with their physical and mental health. The study uses the secondary data of "Project on Population, social, cultural, and Long term Care Surveillance for Thai Elderly People's Health Promotion" conducted in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand, in 2011. The samples for this study included 4424 older adults aged 60 years and over. Binary logistic regression was employed to understand the strength of relationships between different variables. The findings revealed that positive attitudes, more socially connected, and more religious are positively associated with good subjective health. Also, positive attitudes and religiosity are positively associated with good mental health. While female are negatively associated with good subjective and mental health than males. From the result, we can conclude that positive attitudes toward aging can help Thailand age healthily. Thus successful implementations of programs that combat ageism, increase community connectedness, and enhance spirituality should be priority for policy makers working for elderly

Moderator: Dr. Jongjit Rittirong


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Time: 12:30 – 13:30 hrs.  Room 109 Sabua, 1st Floor

Title: Determinants of Intergenerational Relationship of Elderly with Children in Thailand

By: MD Nuruzzaman Haque  


Proportion of elderly, aged 60 years and over, is growing very rapidly in Thailand and recent increased migration has led to a greater dispersion of adult children of elderly. Due to demographic and social changes, living arrangement of elderly is changing and intergenerational relationship of elderly with their non-coresident adult children is so far unknown in Thailand.

Using exploratory factor analysis on data from the 2011 Survey of Older Persons in Thailand (n=27,496 elderly), this study aims to find the determinant factors and level of intergenerational relationship of elderly Thai with non-coresident adult children. Attempts also have been made for testing similarity of level of relationship of study subjects depending on their gender and marital status.

A seven-factor factor structure has been identified for the intergenerational relationship of elderly with their non-coresident adult children which explains 67.3% of total variation.  Households’ member composition, children companionship structure, and personal characteristics of elderly are major contributing factors for the unobserved intergenerational relationship. About 57% of study subjects have moderate level of relationship and there exist significant differences on these levels (low, moderate and high) with gender and marital status. Result reveals that the overall intergenerational relationship level of elderly mothers is better than elderly fathers. The level of relationship varies for elderly mothers but not for fathers depending on whether they are divorced or not (e.g. divorced elderly mother showed strengthening relationship).

Results suggest to consider gender as a cross-cutting determinant for future research on intergenerational relationship of elderly

Key Words: Elderly, Intergenerational relationship, Thailand

Moderator: Suporn JaratsitDr

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