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Article: Patterns of productive activity engagement among older adults in urban China

TitlePatterns of productive activity engagement among older adults in urban China
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherSpringer Verlag.
Citation
European Journal of Ageing: social, behavioural and health perspective, 2016, v. 13 n. 4, p. 361–372 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study aims to identify patterns of productive activity engagement among older adults in urban China. Once patterns are identified, we further explore how a set of individual characteristics is associated with these patterns. Using data from the 2011 baseline survey of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), we performed a latent class analysis (LCA) on a national representative sample of adults aged 60 years and over (N = 3019). A specified range of productive activity indicators that fit the context of urban China was used for performing LCA (including working, grandchildren’s care, parental care, spousal care, informal helping, and formal volunteering). A multinomial logistic regression was used to assess whether individual characteristics are associated with the identified patterns. The results indicated that a four-class model fit the data well, with the interpretable set of classes: spouse carer (51.2 %), working grandparents (21.7 %), multifaceted contributor (16.6 %), and light-engaged volunteer (10.5 %). Age, gender, education, number of children, proximity with the nearest child, household composition and functional status contributed to differentiating these classes. This study captured the reality of productive engagement among older adults by drawing attention to how multiple productive activities intersect in later-life stages. Our findings have implications for policy-makers, health care practitioners, and community advocates to develop programs that facilitate this aging population in assuming meaningful productive activities.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/229440
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.47
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.786

 

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dc.contributor.authorLiu, H-
dc.contributor.authorLou, VW-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:11:10Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-23T14:11:10Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Journal of Ageing: social, behavioural and health perspective, 2016, v. 13 n. 4, p. 361–372-
dc.identifier.issn1613-9372-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/229440-
dc.description.abstractThis study aims to identify patterns of productive activity engagement among older adults in urban China. Once patterns are identified, we further explore how a set of individual characteristics is associated with these patterns. Using data from the 2011 baseline survey of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), we performed a latent class analysis (LCA) on a national representative sample of adults aged 60 years and over (N = 3019). A specified range of productive activity indicators that fit the context of urban China was used for performing LCA (including working, grandchildren’s care, parental care, spousal care, informal helping, and formal volunteering). A multinomial logistic regression was used to assess whether individual characteristics are associated with the identified patterns. The results indicated that a four-class model fit the data well, with the interpretable set of classes: spouse carer (51.2 %), working grandparents (21.7 %), multifaceted contributor (16.6 %), and light-engaged volunteer (10.5 %). Age, gender, education, number of children, proximity with the nearest child, household composition and functional status contributed to differentiating these classes. This study captured the reality of productive engagement among older adults by drawing attention to how multiple productive activities intersect in later-life stages. Our findings have implications for policy-makers, health care practitioners, and community advocates to develop programs that facilitate this aging population in assuming meaningful productive activities.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag.-
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal of Ageing: social, behavioural and health perspective-
dc.titlePatterns of productive activity engagement among older adults in urban China-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLou, VW: wlou@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLou, VW=rp00607-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10433-016-0387-y-
dc.identifier.hkuros262016-
dc.identifier.volume13-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage361-
dc.identifier.epage372-
dc.publisher.placeGermany-

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