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Personal constitution and health status among Chinese elderly in Taipei and Los Angeles

TitlePersonal constitution and health status among Chinese elderly in Taipei and Los Angeles
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsLew-Ting, C-Y, Hurwicz, M-L, Berkanovic, E
JournalSocial Science & MedicineSocial Science & Medicine
Volume47
Pagination821-830
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number0277-9536<br/>1873-5347
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 1998-04831-005
Keywords*Chinese Cultural Groups, *Concepts, *Health, *Sociocultural Factors, *Well Being, China Taiwan US, concept of constitution & health status, Chinese 59-90 yr olds, Culture & Ethnology [2930], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Promotion & Maintenance of Health & Wellness [3365]
AbstractThis paper reports ethnographic and statistical data on the indigenous Chinese concept of constitution (ti-zhi) and its association with health status. The data were obtained through in-depth interviews with 203 Chinese elderly (aged 59-90 yrs) residing in Taipei and Los Angeles. The informants used several dimensions to characterize their constitutions. They also described how their constitutions originated and were expressed over the life course. The association between these characterizations of constitution and reported number of symptoms/diseases, self-rated health status, and satisfaction with health were examined statistically. These analyses indicate that characterizations of constitution as strong/weak or as hot/cold have significant but moderate associations with the indicators of health status. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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