INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND SUPPORT NETWORKS OF OLDER SOUTH ASIANS: A COMPARISON OF ELDERS LIVING IN THE UK, INDIA AND BANGLADESH

Lead Research Organisation: Swansea University
Department Name: School of Human Sciences

Abstract

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Publications

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Description This study has focused on the impact of migration of older members of Gujarati, Punjabi and Sylheti families living in the United Kingdom with regard to family solidarity and care-giving within older people's support networks. We have identified and compared three types of parent-child relationships (tight-knit; sociable; intimate but distant) and three types of sibling relationships (sociable, proximal-but-indifferent; detached) of older Gujarati, Punjabi and Sylhetis living in the UK with those living in South Asia. We have found differences that may be a result of family change due to migration and settlement in the UK.

The study has adapted the Wenger (1989, 1994) support network typology, taking into account the type (e.g. kin, non-kin), gender and age of members within each network. We have identified four types of support networks (multigenerational households: older integrated networks; multigenerational households: younger family networks; family and friend integrated networks; and restricted non-kin networks) and have determined that older Gujaratis, Punjabis and Sylhetis in the UK have different levels of family solidarity and provision of care to those in South Asia. Furthermore, we have identified the networks that are most robust (family and friend integrated network) and those that are most vulnerable (restricted non-kin network) in terms of ill health, loneliness and social isolation. The project has begun to determine the effects that immigration has on the provision of support, and how this differs from the norms of support that exist in the country of origin and/or the host country.
Exploitation Route We have subsequently tested the classification of networks with other ethnic migrant groups in a Leverhulme and NISCHR-funded studies. The typology can be used in cultures with a preponderance of multigenerational households.

We have applied for funding to adapt the measure to a succinct practitioners' tool to identify older people with the most vulnerable networks (financial and social poverty) in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy

 
Description Our intention is to generate new knowledge of global relevance with the potential to benefit the lives of poor older people in low income countries. Building on methods used in the UK (in this ESRC funded project) and a platform of research undertaken in India, we have submitted a proposal to DfID/ESRC (under consideration) to develop a Practitioner Tool and Handbook that could be used to identify older people living in rural areas most vulnerable to social and financial poverty. This was not funded, but we continue to look for funding opportunities to support this work.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Strategic Insight Programme - Developing Ageing Studies and Gerontological Education in UK and India, development with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 
Sector Public
Country Global
Start 10/2013 
End 10/2013
 
Description Strategic Insight Programme - PGR and Research Collaboration, development with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Department Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2013 
End 10/2013
 
Description A Gerontology Research Centre for the Study of the Impact of Population Ageing, Migration, Environmental and Social Change on Older People and their Families in India 
Organisation University of Burdwan
Department College of Arts and Humanities
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project aims to ? Establish a Centre of Gerontological Research in Burdwan University ? Develop post-graduate research in Ageing Studies in Burdwan ? To develop a sustainable collaborative research relationship between the two gerontological research centres in Swansea University and Burdwan University. More specifically the aims will be achieved through the following objectives: 1. Academic staff exchanges to share examples of good practice from the Centre of Innovative Ageing (CIA) to influence the development of a multidisciplinary unit in Burdwan that can effectively apply research evidence to influence practice and policy-making. 2. Academic staff exchanges to transfer gerontological theoretical and methodological skills from the CIA to academics in Burdwan to establish an infrastructure to support post-graduate research students.
Collaborator Contribution A Post-Graduate Research (PGR) PhD programme. Three PhD students would be recruited in Burdwan University, and each would undertake a study in India that would build on research conducted in the CIA (adding value to this proposal). The three discrete research studies would examine: a. The impact of migration on the support networks of older people living in rural areas of India. b. The impact of environmental changes on the support networks and mobility of older people living in urban areas of India c. The impact of social changes on the provision of care and support for older people in middle class families in urban areas of India. 4. To cement the sustainability of the partnership through a. an academic staff publication strategy b. a cross-national research strategy c. a dissemination strategy
Impact PhD proposals being developed by candidates.
Start Year 2014
 
Description ESRC seminar series: Ageing, race and ethnicity 
Organisation Brunel University London
Department School of Health Sciences and Social Care
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Organisation of SEMINAR THREE: Experiencing mid and later life amongst minority communities: networks, space and place
Collaborator Contribution Organisation of seminars
Impact Seminars
Start Year 2012
 
Description ESRC seminar series: Ageing, race and ethnicity 
Organisation Runnymede Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Organisation of SEMINAR THREE: Experiencing mid and later life amongst minority communities: networks, space and place
Collaborator Contribution Organisation of seminars
Impact Seminars
Start Year 2012
 
Description ESRC seminar series: Ageing, race and ethnicity 
Organisation University of Worcester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Organisation of SEMINAR THREE: Experiencing mid and later life amongst minority communities: networks, space and place
Collaborator Contribution Organisation of seminars
Impact Seminars
Start Year 2012
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Avvai Village Welfare Society
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Cardiff University
Department Centre for Community Journalism
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation HelpAge India
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation HelpAge International
Department HelpAge Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation HelpAge International
Department HelpAge Nepal
Country Nepal 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation International Longevity Centre - India
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Department Department of Sociology
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Matatirtha Old Age Home
Country Nepal 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Nepal Participatory Action Network
Country Nepal 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Nepal School of Social Work
Country Nepal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Rayan Pratyasha Welfare Society
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Senior Citizen Welfare Society Nepal
Country Nepal 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Shiksha Niketan
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Silver Innings
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013
 
Description One hundred million lives: Pathways to alleviating social and financial poverty of older people in rural India and low income countries 
Organisation University of Burdwan
Department College of Arts and Humanities
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led on the development of the proposal currently under review by ESRC/ DfID. If successful there will be research income generated for all partners.
Collaborator Contribution Development of the proposal. If it were funded there are different contributions from academics and NGOs including in kind contributions.
Impact Expression of interest was invited to full application by ESRC/DfID
Start Year 2013