The Gerontologist, Vol 32, Issue 2 197-202, Copyright © 1992 by The Gerontological Society of America
The status of the aged in Korea: are the modern more advantaged?
SH Hong and PM Keith
Department of Sociology, Iowa State University, Ames 50011.
Using individual modernity as a measure of modernization and decision-
making power to assess the status of the aged at the micro level, this
study examines how modernity, family environment, and demographic
characteristics affect the status of the aged in the extended family. Data
are analyzed from a sample of 252 Korean elderly living with one of their
married children. In contrast to findings at the societal level, this
research indicates that individual modernity is associated with higher
status of the aged. Individual modernity may become an important resource
in negotiating for decision-making power with adult children.