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Social Support and Quality of Life Among Elderly Chinese Americans/Immigrants with Disabilities: An Exploratory Study

TitleSocial Support and Quality of Life Among Elderly Chinese Americans/Immigrants with Disabilities: An Exploratory Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsHampton, NZhang
JournalJournal of Applied Rehabilitation CounselingJournal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling
Volume35
Pagination17-24
Date PublishedSum
ISBN Number0047-2220
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2004-16127-003
Keywords*Chinese Cultural Groups, *Demographic Characteristics, *Disabilities, *Quality of Life, *Social Support, Aging, Health, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Immigration, Psychological & Physical Disorders [3200], social support, quality of life, elderly Chinese Americans, elderly immigrants, disabilities, demographic variables, health status, social support, us
AbstractThe purpose of this study was two fold: (a) to identify levels of quality of life (QOL) in elderly Chinese Americans/Immigrants with disabilities (ECAID) and (b) to explore relationships among demographic variables, health status, social support, and QOL in this population. Forty-two ECAID participated in the study. The results indicated that ECAID perceived themselves as having a poor quality of life and social support was the strongest predictor of QOL which accounted for 47% of the variance in QOL. Although educational level and health status were related to QOL in a correlation analysis, they did not significantly contribute to QOL while holding constant the effects of social support in a multiple regression analysis. Implications of these findings for rehabilitation counselors and researchers are discussed in the socio-cultural context. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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