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Article: The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pandemic in Hong Kong: Effects on the subjective wellbeing of elderly and younger people

TitleThe SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pandemic in Hong Kong: Effects on the subjective wellbeing of elderly and younger people
Authors
Issue Date2008
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13607863.asp
Citation
Aging And Mental Health, 2008, v. 12 n. 6, p. 746-760 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives: This study examined the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003, on the subjective wellbeing (SWB) of elderly people and a younger comparative sample. The Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI), a contemporary instrument employed to measure SWB, was also examined for its psychometric performance to substantiate its use. Method: A total of 302 older adults (age 65 + years) and 158 younger adults (age 35-46 years) were recruited from different districts. Data were collected by individual face-to-face interviews. Result: While elderly people living in severely infected districts showed significantly lower levels of SWB, these levels and those of the younger sample were found to remain within the normative range. A major mitigating factor was an increased sense of community- connectedness. Other characteristics linked to low wellbeing levels included chronic illness, female gender, low education and unemployment. The living districts, characterized by varying extents of infection, had stronger associations with SWB than participants' age. The PWI demonstrated good psychometric performance and also more robustness with elderly people, including its sensitivity to the sense of population threat. Conclusion: Psychological resilience was identified among both the elderly and younger age-groups in Hong Kong during the SARS pandemic. The PWI is verified as a suitable instrument for SWB measurements. © 2008 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172210
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.861
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.967
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dc.contributor.authorLau, ALDen_US
dc.contributor.authorChi, Ien_US
dc.contributor.authorCummins, RAen_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, TMCen_US
dc.contributor.authorChou, KLen_US
dc.contributor.authorChung, LWMen_US
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dc.identifier.citationAging And Mental Health, 2008, v. 12 n. 6, p. 746-760en_US
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dc.description.abstractObjectives: This study examined the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003, on the subjective wellbeing (SWB) of elderly people and a younger comparative sample. The Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI), a contemporary instrument employed to measure SWB, was also examined for its psychometric performance to substantiate its use. Method: A total of 302 older adults (age 65 + years) and 158 younger adults (age 35-46 years) were recruited from different districts. Data were collected by individual face-to-face interviews. Result: While elderly people living in severely infected districts showed significantly lower levels of SWB, these levels and those of the younger sample were found to remain within the normative range. A major mitigating factor was an increased sense of community- connectedness. Other characteristics linked to low wellbeing levels included chronic illness, female gender, low education and unemployment. The living districts, characterized by varying extents of infection, had stronger associations with SWB than participants' age. The PWI demonstrated good psychometric performance and also more robustness with elderly people, including its sensitivity to the sense of population threat. Conclusion: Psychological resilience was identified among both the elderly and younger age-groups in Hong Kong during the SARS pandemic. The PWI is verified as a suitable instrument for SWB measurements. © 2008 Taylor & Francis.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13607863.aspen_US
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dc.subject.meshAdaptation, Psychologicalen_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshAgeden_US
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 And Overen_US
dc.subject.meshAttitude To Healthen_US
dc.subject.meshCommunicable Diseases, Emerging - Epidemiology - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshDisease Outbreaks - Prevention & Controlen_US
dc.subject.meshEducational Statusen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
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dc.subject.meshMultivariate Analysisen_US
dc.subject.meshPsychometricsen_US
dc.subject.meshQuality Of Lifeen_US
dc.subject.meshResilience, Psychologicalen_US
dc.subject.meshSensitivity And Specificityen_US
dc.subject.meshSevere Acute Respiratory Syndrome - Epidemiology - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshSocioeconomic Factorsen_US
dc.titleThe SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pandemic in Hong Kong: Effects on the subjective wellbeing of elderly and younger peopleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13607860802380607en_US
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