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Sources and directions of social support and life satisfaction among solitary Chinese older adults in Hong Kong: the mediating role of sense of loneliness

Bai, Xue and Yang, Shuyan and Knapp, Martin (2018) Sources and directions of social support and life satisfaction among solitary Chinese older adults in Hong Kong: the mediating role of sense of loneliness. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 13. pp. 63-71. ISSN 1178-1998

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Identification Number: 10.2147/CIA.S148334

Abstract

Based on survey data collected from 151 community-dwelling solitary Chinese older adults in Hong Kong, the present study used path analysis to examine the mediating role of sense of loneliness in the relationship between different sources and directions of social support and life satisfaction. The results showed that sense of loneliness mediated the effects of support from families, friends, and support for others on life satisfaction. In addition, a formal source of social support was not associated with life satisfaction among solitary older adults, although those with a more secure financial status had greater overall life satisfaction. These findings highlight the importance of enhancing awareness among social and health care service providers about the negative effects of insufficient social support on older adults’ sense of loneliness and life satisfaction. Family and friendship networks should be expanded for solitary older adults.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.dovepress.com/clinical-interventions-i...
Additional Information: © 2018 DovePress
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 17:14
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2018 17:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87303

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