Social Network Types and Subjective Well-being in Chinese Older Adults
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AbstractThe study examined social network types in a sample of 1,0115 older Chinese adults in Hong Kong and the networks' relations to subjective well-being. Given the nature of kinship in Chinese society, we broke down social support provision by closeness of blood ties (immediate kin, distant kin, and non-kin). Using K-means cluster analysis, we identified 5 network types: diverse, friend focused, restricted, family focused, and distant family. The latter was characterized by few immediate kin but mostly distant kin. Diverse and family-focused networks were most beneficial to well-being, whereas restricted networks were least. Distant family networks were associated with only marginally lower well-being than family-focused networks and were comparable to friend-focused networks. Results suggested the importance of the extended family in support provision for Chinese older adults, especially in the absence of immediate kin and friends. Implications of the present findings for other cultural groups are discussed.
All Author(s) ListCheng ST, Lee CKL, Chan ACM, Leung EMF, Lee JJ
Journal nameJournals of Gerontology, Series B
Year2009
Month11
Day1
Volume Number64
Issue Number6
PublisherOXFORD UNIV PRESS INC
Pages713 - 722
ISSN1079-5014
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsElderly; Hong Kong Chinese; Kinship; Social network; Subjective well-being
Web of Science Subject CategoriesGeriatrics & Gerontology; GERIATRICS & GERONTOLOGY; Gerontology; GERONTOLOGY; Psychology; PSYCHOLOGY; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY

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