A study of family support, friendship, and psychological well-being among older women in Hong Kong

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    The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of family support (affective and instrumental) and friendship (affective and instrumental) on the psychological well-being of older women in one district in Hong Kong. The study sample consisted of 60 older women aged 60 to 85. The results show that family support (affective and instrumental) and friendship (affective and instrumental) are all related positively significantly to psychological well-being (measures of positive affect include happiness, life satisfaction, and competency; and negative affect include stress, anxiety, and depression). A series of stepwise multiple regression analyses demonstrated that affective support for family and perceived importance of friendship were strong predictors of psychological well-being. Some recommendations with regard to informal support provision for older persons are discussed in the paper.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationHong Kong
    PublisherAsia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies
    Number of pages24
    Publication statusPublished - 2000

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    NameAsia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies Working Paper Series
    PublisherLingnan University
    No.8

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    Bibliographical note

    A portion of the paper was presented at the 7th Annual Congress of Gerontology on November 27 1999.

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    SIU, O., & PHILLIPS, D. R. (2000). A study of family support, friendship, and psychological well-being among older women in Hong Kong. (Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies Working Paper Series; No. 8). Hong Kong: Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies.
    SIU, Oi-ling ; PHILLIPS, David R. / A study of family support, friendship, and psychological well-being among older women in Hong Kong. Hong Kong : Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, 2000. (Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies Working Paper Series; 8).
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