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Title: Sources and directions of social support and life satisfaction among solitary Chinese older adults in Hong Kong : the mediating role of sense of loneliness
Authors: Bai, X 
Yang, S
Knapp, M
Keywords: Life satisfaction
Path analysis
Sense of loneliness
Social support
Solitary older adults
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Dove Medical Press
Source: Clinical interventions in aging, 2018, v. 13, p. 63-71 How to cite?
Journal: Clinical interventions in aging 
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.
ISSN: 1176-9092
EISSN: 1178-1998
DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S148334
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