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Article: Childlessness and psychological well-being in Chinese older adults

TitleChildlessness and psychological well-being in Chinese older adults
Authors
KeywordsChildlessness
Chinese
Depression
Loneliness
Issue Date2004
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294
Citation
International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2004, v. 19 n. 5, p. 449-457 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground. Childless older adults will increase rapidly in the coming future due to delayed marriage, infertility, and high divorce rate. We examined whether childlessness is significantly related to loneliness and depression and whether the effect of childlessness persisted even when other factors including gender, marital status, age, education, self-rated health status and financial strain were controlled for. Method. This article analyzes cross-sectional data collected from a representative community sample of 2003 Chinese elderly people aged 60 or above in Hong Kong. Respondents were interviewed in face-to-face format and data including socio-demographic variables, health indicators, loneliness and depression were obtained. Result. Logistic regression analyses revealed that childlessness was significantly related to loneliness and depression even after marital status, gender, age, education, self-reported health status, and financial strain were controlled for. Conclusion. The impact of childlessness on psychological well-being among elderly Chinese is more robust than that found in older Americans. Moreover, consistent with the findings of previous studies, we found that the effect of childlessness on psychological well-being has to be investigated in the context of marital status. Therefore, aged care service practitioners must take this risk factor into consideration in their preventive intervention and treatment for psychological well-being. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/82114
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.699
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.382
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dc.contributor.authorChou, KLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChi, Ien_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T08:25:40Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T08:25:40Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2004, v. 19 n. 5, p. 449-457en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0885-6230en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/82114-
dc.description.abstractBackground. Childless older adults will increase rapidly in the coming future due to delayed marriage, infertility, and high divorce rate. We examined whether childlessness is significantly related to loneliness and depression and whether the effect of childlessness persisted even when other factors including gender, marital status, age, education, self-rated health status and financial strain were controlled for. Method. This article analyzes cross-sectional data collected from a representative community sample of 2003 Chinese elderly people aged 60 or above in Hong Kong. Respondents were interviewed in face-to-face format and data including socio-demographic variables, health indicators, loneliness and depression were obtained. Result. Logistic regression analyses revealed that childlessness was significantly related to loneliness and depression even after marital status, gender, age, education, self-reported health status, and financial strain were controlled for. Conclusion. The impact of childlessness on psychological well-being among elderly Chinese is more robust than that found in older Americans. Moreover, consistent with the findings of previous studies, we found that the effect of childlessness on psychological well-being has to be investigated in the context of marital status. Therefore, aged care service practitioners must take this risk factor into consideration in their preventive intervention and treatment for psychological well-being. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatryen_HK
dc.rightsInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Copyright © John Wiley & Sons Ltd.en_HK
dc.subjectChildlessnessen_HK
dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.subjectDepressionen_HK
dc.subjectLonelinessen_HK
dc.titleChildlessness and psychological well-being in Chinese older adultsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0885-6230&volume=19&spage=449&epage=457&date=2004&atitle=Childlessness+and+psychological+well-being+in+Chinese+older+adultsen_HK
dc.identifier.emailChou, KL: klchou@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1002/gps.1111en_HK
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dc.identifier.spage449en_HK
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