Mental health and social support: A pioneering study on the physically disabled in southern China

Qiaobing Wu, Bongho Mok

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This is a pioneering study examining the effect of different types of social support on the mental health of the physically disabled in mainland China. With a random sample of 204 physically disabled people in Guangzhou, the biggest metropolis in southern China, results of this study showed that perceived social support was more effective in maintaining the mental health of the physically disabled than received social support. With respect to received social support, the attitude of the supporters, satisfaction with the support, the reciprocity of support relationships and the personal agency of the support recipients were found to be predictive of mental health. However, received daily-care support unexpectedly showed a significantly negative effect on mental health, while received economic and emotional support appeared to be irrelevant to the mental health of the physically disabled.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Physically disabled
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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