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Article: Environment and Subjective Well-Being of Rural Chinese Elderly: A Multilevel Analysis

TitleEnvironment and Subjective Well-Being of Rural Chinese Elderly: A Multilevel Analysis
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Issue Date2014
Citation
The Journals Of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences And Social Sciences, 2014 How to Cite?
AbstractAbstract Introduction. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of environment on the subjective well-being (SWB) of older Chinese villagers after controlling for personal and social characteristics. Method. Data collected from the Chinese Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey Pilot Study were used to examine the relationship between (a) SWB (i.e., happiness and depressive symptoms) of Chinese rural elderly and (b) environmental characteristics, controlling for personal and social characteristics. A total of 850 older villagers from 2 Chinese provinces were analyzed using multilevel regression models. Results. Five of the 8 environmental variables had significant effects on SWB: A natural disaster in the past 5 years, rainy days, and use of coal in the home were associated with lower SWB, whereas village wealth and sewer system were associated with higher SWB. Personal and social characteristics of importance included health, age, place of birth, perception that future help is available if needed, and providing help to others. Discussion. The proposition that the environment of older Chinese villagers is associated with their SWB was supported after accounting for personal and social characteristics. SWB may be improved by improving environments as well as by changes to personal and social conditions.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202023

 

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dc.contributor.authorYeatts, DEen_US
dc.contributor.authorCready, CNen_US
dc.contributor.authorPei, Xen_US
dc.contributor.authorShen, Yen_US
dc.contributor.authorLuo, Hen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:58:10Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:58:10Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Journals Of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences And Social Sciences, 2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202023-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Introduction. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of environment on the subjective well-being (SWB) of older Chinese villagers after controlling for personal and social characteristics. Method. Data collected from the Chinese Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey Pilot Study were used to examine the relationship between (a) SWB (i.e., happiness and depressive symptoms) of Chinese rural elderly and (b) environmental characteristics, controlling for personal and social characteristics. A total of 850 older villagers from 2 Chinese provinces were analyzed using multilevel regression models. Results. Five of the 8 environmental variables had significant effects on SWB: A natural disaster in the past 5 years, rainy days, and use of coal in the home were associated with lower SWB, whereas village wealth and sewer system were associated with higher SWB. Personal and social characteristics of importance included health, age, place of birth, perception that future help is available if needed, and providing help to others. Discussion. The proposition that the environment of older Chinese villagers is associated with their SWB was supported after accounting for personal and social characteristics. SWB may be improved by improving environments as well as by changes to personal and social conditions.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Journals Of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences And Social Sciencesen_US
dc.titleEnvironment and Subjective Well-Being of Rural Chinese Elderly: A Multilevel Analysisen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLuo, H: haoluo@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.hkuros231966en_US

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