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Article: Post-retirement voluntary work and psychological functioning among older Chinese in Hong Kong.

TitlePost-retirement voluntary work and psychological functioning among older Chinese in Hong Kong.
Authors
Issue Date2005
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0169-3816
Citation
Journal Of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 2005, v. 20 n. 1, p. 27-45 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined demographic and psychosocial differences between older Chinese volunteers and non-volunteers. The influences of work-related factors on older Chinese volunteers' post-retirement psychological functioning and life satisfaction were also explored. A total of 501 older Chinese in Hong Kong were individually interviewed. About 65% of them were involved in community voluntary work since their retirement, with an average of four hours per week. Compared to those without voluntary work experiences, older Chinese volunteers had higher educational attainment and reported better physical health, higher self-efficacy, greater life satisfaction, and less psychological distress. Results from hierarchical regression analyses showed that salient correlates of a low level of psychological distress in older Chinese volunteers were high educational attainment, high self-efficacy, perceived good physical health, and high levels of perceived rewards and satisfaction from voluntary work. Self-efficacy and perceived rewards from voluntary work were also salient correlates of life satisfaction for older Chinese volunteers. As hypothesized, work-related factors of perceived rewards and work satisfaction remained significant correlates of older volunteers' psychological well-being, even after controlling for demographic and individual psychosocial factors. Limitations and implications of the study were also discussed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172106
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.631

 

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dc.contributor.authorWu, AMen_US
dc.contributor.authorTang, CSen_US
dc.contributor.authorYan, ECen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:20:09Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:20:09Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 2005, v. 20 n. 1, p. 27-45en_US
dc.identifier.issn0169-3816en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172106-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined demographic and psychosocial differences between older Chinese volunteers and non-volunteers. The influences of work-related factors on older Chinese volunteers' post-retirement psychological functioning and life satisfaction were also explored. A total of 501 older Chinese in Hong Kong were individually interviewed. About 65% of them were involved in community voluntary work since their retirement, with an average of four hours per week. Compared to those without voluntary work experiences, older Chinese volunteers had higher educational attainment and reported better physical health, higher self-efficacy, greater life satisfaction, and less psychological distress. Results from hierarchical regression analyses showed that salient correlates of a low level of psychological distress in older Chinese volunteers were high educational attainment, high self-efficacy, perceived good physical health, and high levels of perceived rewards and satisfaction from voluntary work. Self-efficacy and perceived rewards from voluntary work were also salient correlates of life satisfaction for older Chinese volunteers. As hypothesized, work-related factors of perceived rewards and work satisfaction remained significant correlates of older volunteers' psychological well-being, even after controlling for demographic and individual psychosocial factors. Limitations and implications of the study were also discussed.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0169-3816en_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of cross-cultural gerontologyen_US
dc.subject.meshAgeden_US
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 And Overen_US
dc.subject.meshAgingen_US
dc.subject.meshChina - Ethnologyen_US
dc.subject.meshDemographyen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshPersonal Satisfactionen_US
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen_US
dc.subject.meshRetirement - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshSelf Efficacyen_US
dc.subject.meshVoluntary Workersen_US
dc.titlePost-retirement voluntary work and psychological functioning among older Chinese in Hong Kong.en_US
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