The Gerontologist, Vol 34, Issue 2 217-223, Copyright © 1994 by The Gerontological Society of America
Dependency status and happiness with old age on Java
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston 77555-1053.
Using data from a survey of elderly persons on Java, we investigate the
prevalence of dependency states (functional, economic, and residential) and
the implications of dependency status for happiness with old age. Whereas
being dependent is common in the later years, many older persons still have
dependents. Dependency on kin is not a negative situation in this context,
but having economic dependents appears to be burdensome. Gender, being able
to provide an inheritance, and rural- urban residence moderate the
relationship between dependency status and happiness.