Sex Differences in Mental Health of Older People

Daniel W.L. Lai*, Conita K.C. Ip

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This study examines the differences in mental health between older men and women. A cross-sectional telephone survey was conducted with a representative sample of 504 older adults aged 55 years and older. Mental health was measured by a revised Chinese version of the Geriatric Depression Scale and the Mental Component Summary (MCS) of a Chinese version of SF-36. Mental health differences between men and women were not identified, but gender was found to have an effect on mental health in the 54 to 64 age group, when being a female predicted a poorer status of mental health. The poorer financial status of women was the reason for the gender effect. Mental health predictors for men and women were also compared. The findings concluded that interventions to strengthen financial assistance for aging women were important for enhancing mental health.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHong Kong Journal of Social Work
Issue number01n02
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

User-Defined Keywords

  • Mental Health
  • Gender
  • Sex Differences
  • 精神健康
  • 性別
  • 兩性差別


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