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Conference Paper: Spirituality in Chinese context: a perspective from elders and their relatives in Hong Kong

TitleSpirituality in Chinese context: a perspective from elders and their relatives in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsGerontology and geriatrics
Issue Date2010
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org
Citation
The 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA 2010), New Orleans, LA., 19-23 November 2010. In The Gerontologist, 2010, v. 50 suppl. 1, p. 530 How to Cite?
AbstractAIMS: Spirituality is the basic dimension of human development and plays an important role in performing a holistic care of the human being. This study aims to explore the elder’s views on the perception and conceptualization toward spirituality in Chinese context. METHOD: Four focus groups were run that guided by a semi-structured interview guideline. Participants were purposefully recruited from residential homes and community centres run by TWGHs including elders, staff and carers. RESULTS: In the views of the Chinese older adults and their caregivers, the conceptualization of spirituality is in line with Chinese collective culture tradition such as family-oriented and relationship-directed with very limited religious element. Traditional Confucian value also guided them to interaction with those complex social relations. Maintaining a harmonious relationship is a way to achieve their spirituality and optimal being in life. The framework of Chinese spirituality model is then developed, which conceptualizes spirituality as a dynamic status of purposing harmonious relationships between the person and his/her environment. This includes his/her ancestors, and/or “God”, the nature, the people around and him/herself. CONCLUSION: The findings of the current study suggest that from elders’ and their relatives’ perspective, the concept of spirituality in Chinese context should be understood in regard with relation-orientation and interdependent self-construct of Chinese people. Emphasis on helping elders to expand harmonious relationships with different systems can improve their spirituality in holistic care.
DescriptionTheme: Transitions of Care Across the Aging Continuum
Session 2450 (Paper): Spirituality and Religion - SRPP Paper Session
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136725
ISSN
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.584

 

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dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_US
dc.contributor.authorLou, VWen_US
dc.contributor.authorFok, SSYen_US
dc.contributor.authorTsui, AKMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T02:35:10Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T02:35:10Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA 2010), New Orleans, LA., 19-23 November 2010. In The Gerontologist, 2010, v. 50 suppl. 1, p. 530en_US
dc.identifier.issn0016-9013-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136725-
dc.descriptionTheme: Transitions of Care Across the Aging Continuum-
dc.descriptionSession 2450 (Paper): Spirituality and Religion - SRPP Paper Session-
dc.description.abstractAIMS: Spirituality is the basic dimension of human development and plays an important role in performing a holistic care of the human being. This study aims to explore the elder’s views on the perception and conceptualization toward spirituality in Chinese context. METHOD: Four focus groups were run that guided by a semi-structured interview guideline. Participants were purposefully recruited from residential homes and community centres run by TWGHs including elders, staff and carers. RESULTS: In the views of the Chinese older adults and their caregivers, the conceptualization of spirituality is in line with Chinese collective culture tradition such as family-oriented and relationship-directed with very limited religious element. Traditional Confucian value also guided them to interaction with those complex social relations. Maintaining a harmonious relationship is a way to achieve their spirituality and optimal being in life. The framework of Chinese spirituality model is then developed, which conceptualizes spirituality as a dynamic status of purposing harmonious relationships between the person and his/her environment. This includes his/her ancestors, and/or “God”, the nature, the people around and him/herself. CONCLUSION: The findings of the current study suggest that from elders’ and their relatives’ perspective, the concept of spirituality in Chinese context should be understood in regard with relation-orientation and interdependent self-construct of Chinese people. Emphasis on helping elders to expand harmonious relationships with different systems can improve their spirituality in holistic care.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.orgen_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Gerontologisten_US
dc.subjectGerontology and geriatrics-
dc.titleSpirituality in Chinese context: a perspective from elders and their relatives in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, CLW: cecichan@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLou, VW: wlou@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityChan, CLW=rp00579en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/geront/gnq115-
dc.identifier.hkuros187037en_US
dc.identifier.volume50-
dc.identifier.issuesuppl. 1-
dc.identifier.spage530-
dc.identifier.epage530-
dc.description.otherThe 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), New Orleans, LA., 19-23 November 2010. In The Gerontologist, 2010, v. 50 suppl. 1, p. 530-

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