Older Chinese' attitudes toward aging and the relationship to mental health: An international comparison

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This study examined the predictive effects of attitude toward aging on mental health of aging Chinese. Data were obtained from community surveys utilizing mixed sampling methods of 4,240 elderly Chinese 55 years or older in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, and the United States. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used, with sociodemographic variables entered first, followed by the health variables, and then attitude toward aging. The effect of attitude toward aging on mental health was stronger than most other predictive factors. Social workers should focus on creating social/community environments that build a positive attitude toward aging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-259
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitude toward aging
  • Canada
  • China
  • Chinese
  • Hong Kong
  • Mental health
  • Social determinants of mental health
  • Taiwan
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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