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Article: Using Information and Communication Technologies for Family Communication and Its Association With Family Well-Being in Hong Kong: FAMILY Project

TitleUsing Information and Communication Technologies for Family Communication and Its Association With Family Well-Being in Hong Kong: FAMILY Project
Authors
KeywordsInformation and communication technologies
Family well-being
Family communication
Chinese
Issue Date2015
PublisherJournal of Medical Internet Research. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.jmir.org/
Citation
Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2015, v. 17 n. 8, p. e207 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Family communication is central to the family and its functioning. It is a mutual process in which family members create, share, and regulate meaning. Advancement and proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) continues to change methods of family communication. However, little is known about the use of different methods for family communication and the influence on family well-being. Objective: We investigated the sociodemographic factors associated with different methods of family communication and how they are associated with perceived family harmony, happiness, and health (3Hs) among Chinese adults in Hong Kong. Methods: Data came from a territory-wide probability-based telephone survey using the Family and Health Information Trend survey (FHInTs). Frequency of family communication using different methods (ie, face-to-face, phone, instant messaging [IM], social media sites, and email) were recoded and classified as frequent (always/sometimes) and nonfrequent (seldom/never) use. Family well-being was measured using 3 questions of perceived family harmony, happiness, and health with higher scores indicating better family well-being. Adjusted odds ratios for family communication methods by sociodemographic characteristics and adjusted beta coefficients for family well-being by communication methods were calculated. Results: A total of 1502 adults were surveyed. Face-to-face (94.85%, 1408/1484) was the most frequent means of communication followed by phone (78.08%, 796/1484), IM (53.64%, 796/1484), social media sites (17.60%, 261/1484), and email (13.39%, 198/1484). Younger age was associated with the use of phone, IM, and social media sites for family communication. Higher educational attainment was associated with more frequent use of all modes of communication, whereas higher family income was only significantly associated with more frequent use of IM and email (P=.001). Face-to-face (beta 0.65, 95% CI 0.33-0.97) and phone use (beta 0.20, 95% CI 0.02-0.38) for family communication were associated with significantly higher levels of perceived family well-being. Conclusions: Socioeconomic disparities in using these information and communication technologies (ICT) methods for family communication were observed. Although traditional methods remain as the main platform for family communication and were associated with better family well-being, a notable proportion of respondents are using new ICT methods, which were not associated with perceived family well-being. Because ICTs will continue to diversify modes of family communication, more research is needed to understand the impact of ICTs on family communication and well-being.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219147
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2015 Impact Factor: 4.532
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.648

 

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dc.contributor.authorWang, MP-
dc.contributor.authorChu, TWJ-
dc.contributor.authorViswanath, K-
dc.contributor.authorWan, NTA-
dc.contributor.authorLam, TH-
dc.contributor.authorChan, SSC-
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T07:14:35Z-
dc.date.available2015-09-18T07:14:35Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Medical Internet Research, 2015, v. 17 n. 8, p. e207-
dc.identifier.issn1438-8871-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219147-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Family communication is central to the family and its functioning. It is a mutual process in which family members create, share, and regulate meaning. Advancement and proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) continues to change methods of family communication. However, little is known about the use of different methods for family communication and the influence on family well-being. Objective: We investigated the sociodemographic factors associated with different methods of family communication and how they are associated with perceived family harmony, happiness, and health (3Hs) among Chinese adults in Hong Kong. Methods: Data came from a territory-wide probability-based telephone survey using the Family and Health Information Trend survey (FHInTs). Frequency of family communication using different methods (ie, face-to-face, phone, instant messaging [IM], social media sites, and email) were recoded and classified as frequent (always/sometimes) and nonfrequent (seldom/never) use. Family well-being was measured using 3 questions of perceived family harmony, happiness, and health with higher scores indicating better family well-being. Adjusted odds ratios for family communication methods by sociodemographic characteristics and adjusted beta coefficients for family well-being by communication methods were calculated. Results: A total of 1502 adults were surveyed. Face-to-face (94.85%, 1408/1484) was the most frequent means of communication followed by phone (78.08%, 796/1484), IM (53.64%, 796/1484), social media sites (17.60%, 261/1484), and email (13.39%, 198/1484). Younger age was associated with the use of phone, IM, and social media sites for family communication. Higher educational attainment was associated with more frequent use of all modes of communication, whereas higher family income was only significantly associated with more frequent use of IM and email (P=.001). Face-to-face (beta 0.65, 95% CI 0.33-0.97) and phone use (beta 0.20, 95% CI 0.02-0.38) for family communication were associated with significantly higher levels of perceived family well-being. Conclusions: Socioeconomic disparities in using these information and communication technologies (ICT) methods for family communication were observed. Although traditional methods remain as the main platform for family communication and were associated with better family well-being, a notable proportion of respondents are using new ICT methods, which were not associated with perceived family well-being. Because ICTs will continue to diversify modes of family communication, more research is needed to understand the impact of ICTs on family communication and well-being.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherJournal of Medical Internet Research. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.jmir.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Medical Internet Research-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectInformation and communication technologies-
dc.subjectFamily well-being-
dc.subjectFamily communication-
dc.subjectChinese-
dc.titleUsing Information and Communication Technologies for Family Communication and Its Association With Family Well-Being in Hong Kong: FAMILY Project-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailWang, MP: mpwang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChu, TWJ: joachu@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailWan, NTA: wanalice@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLam, TH: hrmrlth@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChan, SSC: scsophia@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityWang, MP=rp01863-
dc.identifier.authorityLam, TH=rp00326-
dc.identifier.authorityChan, SSC=rp00423-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.2196/jmir.4722-
dc.identifier.pmid26303434-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84940664660-
dc.identifier.hkuros251148-
dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issue8-
dc.identifier.spagee207-
dc.identifier.epagee207-
dc.publisher.placeCanada-

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