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Older Chinese' attitudes toward aging and the relationship to mental health: An international comparison

TitleOlder Chinese' attitudes toward aging and the relationship to mental health: An international comparison
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLai, DW
JournalSocial Work in Health CareSocial Work in Health Care
Volume48
Pagination243-259
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number0098-1389<br/>1541-034X
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2009-05279-004
Keywords*Aged (Attitudes Toward), *Aging, *Chinese Cultural Groups, *Mental Health, attitudes toward aging, mental health, aging Chinese, sociodemographic variables, China Canada Hong Kong Taiwan US, Demographic Characteristics, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
AbstractThis study examined the predictive effects of attitude toward aging on mental health of aging Chinese. Data were obtained from community surveys utilizing mixed sampling methods of 4,240 elderly Chinese 55 years or older in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, and the United States. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used, with sociodemographic variables entered first, followed by the health variables, and then attitude toward aging. The effect of attitude toward aging on mental health was stronger than most other predictive factors. Social workers should focus on creating social/community environments that build a positive attitude toward aging. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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