Sources and directions of social support and life satisfaction among solitary Chinese older adults in Hong Kong: The mediating role of sense of loneliness

Xue Bai*, Shuyan YANG, Martin Knapp

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Abstract

Based on survey data collected from 151 community-dwelling solitary Chinese older adults in Hong Kong, the present study used path analysis to examine the mediating role of sense of loneliness in the relationship between different sources and directions of social support and life satisfaction. The results showed that sense of loneliness mediated the effects of support from families, friends, and support for others on life satisfaction. In addition, a formal source of social support was not associated with life satisfaction among solitary older adults, although those with a more secure financial status had greater overall life satisfaction. These findings highlight the importance of enhancing awareness among social and health care service providers about the negative effects of insufficient social support on older adults’ sense of loneliness and life satisfaction. Family and friendship networks should be expanded for solitary older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Interventions in Aging
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Life satisfaction
  • Path analysis
  • Sense of loneliness
  • Social support
  • Solitary older adults

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