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Social network and health: A comparison of Chinese older adults in Shanghai and elderly immigrants in Boston

TitleSocial network and health: A comparison of Chinese older adults in Shanghai and elderly immigrants in Boston
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsWu, B, Guo, M, Chi, I, Plassman, BL
JournalInternational Journal of Social WelfareInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Volume20
PaginationS59-S71
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1369-6866<br/>1468-2397
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2011-20352-006
Keywords*Aging, *Chinese Cultural Groups, *Health, *Immigration, *Social Networks, China US, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), social network, Chinese older adults, Shanghai, elderly immigrants, Social Structure & Organization [2910], Well Being
AbstractThe association between social network and health in older Chinese immigrants in the USA and their counterparts in China was examined using data from 177 Chinese immigrants in Boston, USA and 428 respondents in Shanghai, China. The results showed that Chinese immigrants had a significantly better self-rated health status but also that they reported a greater number of functional limitations. Although the level of the social network differed among respondents in Shanghai and in Boston, the impact of the social network on health status was similar for the two samples. The impact of the social network diminished when covariates such as health behaviors and health problems were added to the models. The conclusion, therefore, is that much of the association between a strong social network and better self-reported health in later life may be explained by other factors such as socio-economic status, health behaviors, health status, and access to health care. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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