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Title: Sense of community mediating between age-friendly characteristics and life satisfaction of community-dwelling older adults
Authors: Au, A 
Lai, DWL 
Yip, HM 
Chan, S 
Lai, S 
Chaudhury, H
Scharlach, A
Leeson, G
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Frontiers in psychology, 4 Mar. 2020, v. 11, 86, p. 1-10
Abstract: The growth of age-friendly community initiatives underscores a paradigmatic shift from the individual to the community, addressing dynamic transactions between people and the environment they are living in. The purpose of the present study is to address the gap in existing research by examining the psycho-social effects of the sense of community in mediating between WHO domains of age-friendliness and the life satisfaction of older adults. Data were obtained from 898 participants in Hong Kong. Path analysis was conducted. Two AFC domains, Social Participation as well as Community Support and Health Services, were found to be associated with life satisfaction. Sense of community was found to mediate between these two domains and life satisfaction. The implications of these findings are discussed with reference to developing opportunities in social participation of older adults and enhancing community/health support services in the context of developing sustainability in the community.
Keywords: Successful aging
Social participation
Community health support
Population aging
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Journal: Frontiers in psychology 
EISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00086
Rights: Copyright © 2020 Au, Lai, Yip, Chan, Lai, Chaudhury, Scharlach and Leeson. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) ( The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
The following publication Au A, Lai DWL, Yip H, Chan S, Lai S, Chaudhury H, Scharlach A and Leeson G (2020) Sense of Community Mediating Between Age-Friendly Characteristics and Life Satisfaction of Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Front. Psychol. 11:86 is available at
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