Is children’s education associated with parental health? Evidence from the Philippines

Jeofrey Abalos, Daniela Weber, Healther Booth, Anne Goujon, Nadia Steiber, Grace T. Cruz

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWorking Paper/Preprint


This study examines the association between children’s education and parental health using data from the 2007 Philippine Study on Ageing. It employs a broad, more comprehensive, definition of health to capture the different health dimensions. By employing multiple indicators of health, this study is able to examine whether the influence of children's education is consistent across different health indicators. It also investigates whether parental behavior and receipt of support from children serve as pathways that mediate the relationship between children’s education and parental health. Findings show that older women whose children completed tertiary education have lower odds of reporting IADL or ADL difficulty compared with their counterparts whose children attained below tertiary education. These findings contribute to the growing evidence that education is not only an individual resource; rather it could be a household or family resource that could benefit other family members.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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