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The Impact of Intergenerational Relationship on Health and Well-Being of Older Chinese Americans.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 08; 67(S3):S557-S563.JA

Abstract

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES

Among older adults, intergenerational support can help to improve well-being. This study examines the correlation between intergenerational relationships and the subjective well-being among older Chinese immigrants in the United States.

DESIGN

Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were applied to test the association between intergenerational relationships and self-rated well-being. The mediating effects of sense of control and the moderation effects of support from friends were also tested.

SAMPLE

A cross-sectional sample of 2717 older Chinese immigrants, aged 60 years and older, with children and grandchildren was drawn from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly.

MEASUREMENTS

Study measures included four items concerning intergenerational relationships: the Pearlin Mastery Scale, two items on seeking support from friends, and single items measuring self-rated health status and quality of life.

RESULTS

Only the feeling of closeness with children was positively linked with subjective well-being, while coresidence and frequency of talking were not. Support from friends moderated the association with self-rated health status, while sense of control partially mediated the association between feeling of closeness and both self-rated health status and quality of life.

CONCLUSION

A stronger sense of closeness with children correlates to self-rated health status and quality of life among older Chinese immigrants. The effects of sociocultural changes affecting Chinese American families, and potential implications for older adults' health, could be addressed through strategies to develop emotional closeness with their families and to support sense of control and well-being among older Chinese adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 67:S557-S563, 2019.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong.Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong.Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong.Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31403197

Citation

Lai, Daniel W L., et al. "The Impact of Intergenerational Relationship On Health and Well-Being of Older Chinese Americans." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 67, no. S3, 2019, pp. S557-S563.
Lai DWL, Lee VWP, Li J, et al. The Impact of Intergenerational Relationship on Health and Well-Being of Older Chinese Americans. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019;67(S3):S557-S563.
Lai, D. W. L., Lee, V. W. P., Li, J., & Dong, X. (2019). The Impact of Intergenerational Relationship on Health and Well-Being of Older Chinese Americans. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67(S3), S557-S563. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15893
Lai DWL, et al. The Impact of Intergenerational Relationship On Health and Well-Being of Older Chinese Americans. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019;67(S3):S557-S563. PubMed PMID: 31403197.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The Impact of Intergenerational Relationship on Health and Well-Being of Older Chinese Americans. AU - Lai,Daniel W L, AU - Lee,Vincent W P, AU - Li,Jia, AU - Dong,XinQi, PY - 2018/09/13/received PY - 2019/02/03/revised PY - 2019/03/07/accepted PY - 2019/8/13/entrez PY - 2019/8/14/pubmed PY - 2020/5/21/medline KW - health status KW - intergenerational relationships KW - quality of life KW - sense of control KW - social support SP - S557 EP - S563 JF - Journal of the American Geriatrics Society JO - J Am Geriatr Soc VL - 67 IS - S3 N2 - BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Among older adults, intergenerational support can help to improve well-being. This study examines the correlation between intergenerational relationships and the subjective well-being among older Chinese immigrants in the United States. DESIGN: Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were applied to test the association between intergenerational relationships and self-rated well-being. The mediating effects of sense of control and the moderation effects of support from friends were also tested. SAMPLE: A cross-sectional sample of 2717 older Chinese immigrants, aged 60 years and older, with children and grandchildren was drawn from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly. MEASUREMENTS: Study measures included four items concerning intergenerational relationships: the Pearlin Mastery Scale, two items on seeking support from friends, and single items measuring self-rated health status and quality of life. RESULTS: Only the feeling of closeness with children was positively linked with subjective well-being, while coresidence and frequency of talking were not. Support from friends moderated the association with self-rated health status, while sense of control partially mediated the association between feeling of closeness and both self-rated health status and quality of life. CONCLUSION: A stronger sense of closeness with children correlates to self-rated health status and quality of life among older Chinese immigrants. The effects of sociocultural changes affecting Chinese American families, and potential implications for older adults' health, could be addressed through strategies to develop emotional closeness with their families and to support sense of control and well-being among older Chinese adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 67:S557-S563, 2019. SN - 1532-5415 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31403197/The_Impact_of_Intergenerational_Relationship_on_Health_and_Well_Being_of_Older_Chinese_Americans_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15893 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -