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Article: Social networks and health-related quality of life among Chinese older adults with vision impairment

TitleSocial networks and health-related quality of life among Chinese older adults with vision impairment
Authors
KeywordsOlder adults
Quality of life
Social networks
Vision impairment
Issue Date2008
PublisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=103
Citation
Journal Of Aging And Health, 2008, v. 20 n. 7, p. 804-823 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: This study examines the associations between social networks and vision-specific health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among Chinese older adults. Method: Urban older adults with visual problems (N = 167) were interviewed using a structured questionnaire to assess self-reported visual functioning, general health, social networks, and vision-specific HRQOL. Objective visual function was clinically measured by ophthalmologists in terms of distance visual acuity. Results: Findings indicate that age-related vision loss is significantly associated with older adults' social networks. Multiple regression analyses show that social networks are mildly related to vision-specific HRQOL even after controlling for other variables, and that friendship network was a significant predictor, independent of family network, of vision-specific HRQOL. Discussion: Previous studies have emphasized the importance of family network, whereas this study finds that friendship network correlates more strongly with HRQOL measures among Chinese visually impaired older adults. This suggests a need to expand intervention beyond the family system. © 2008 Sage Publications.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60523
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.66
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.035
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dc.contributor.authorWang, CWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, AHYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorXiong, Zen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T04:12:46Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T04:12:46Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Aging And Health, 2008, v. 20 n. 7, p. 804-823en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0898-2643en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60523-
dc.description.abstractObjective: This study examines the associations between social networks and vision-specific health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among Chinese older adults. Method: Urban older adults with visual problems (N = 167) were interviewed using a structured questionnaire to assess self-reported visual functioning, general health, social networks, and vision-specific HRQOL. Objective visual function was clinically measured by ophthalmologists in terms of distance visual acuity. Results: Findings indicate that age-related vision loss is significantly associated with older adults' social networks. Multiple regression analyses show that social networks are mildly related to vision-specific HRQOL even after controlling for other variables, and that friendship network was a significant predictor, independent of family network, of vision-specific HRQOL. Discussion: Previous studies have emphasized the importance of family network, whereas this study finds that friendship network correlates more strongly with HRQOL measures among Chinese visually impaired older adults. This suggests a need to expand intervention beyond the family system. © 2008 Sage Publications.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=103en_HK
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dc.rightsJournal of Aging and Health. Copyright © Sage Publications, Inc.en_HK
dc.subjectOlder adultsen_HK
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen_HK
dc.subjectSocial networksen_HK
dc.subjectVision impairmenten_HK
dc.titleSocial networks and health-related quality of life among Chinese older adults with vision impairmenten_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailChan, CLW: cecichan@hku.hken_HK
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