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Social Support Networks, Coping and Positive Aging Among the Community-Dwelling Elderly in Hong Kong

Authors: Liu, Susu

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  • The first book to cover an indigenous construct of positive aging among Hong Kong older adults
  • The only book addressing social support for Hong Kong’s older adults provided by domestic helpers and peer groups 
  • Brings together a group of top scholars on the much debated issue of the well-being of older adults and the relationships between social support, coping and positive aging
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The dramatically increasing aging population of Hong Kong has elicited new risks and opportunities to facilitate a positive life for older adults. This book offers a holistic review of gerontological theories and literature, and constructs a conceptual framework of social support networks, coping and positive aging. In light of the implications of the convoy model of social support to depict an indigenous landscape of positive aging in Hong Kong, this is one of the very few empirical studies that adopts both quantitative research and qualitative research. The research consisted of a pilot study of in-depth interviews with 16 older Hong Kong Chinese and a main study surveying 393 older members of District Elderly Community Center. The results of the study indicate that family and peer support constitute the mainstay of support networks of the elderly, and that family and peer support are associated with  positive aging. Moreover, the study shows that it is the depth of emotional closeness, namely, close interaction and intimacy with social partners that makes the greatest contribution to positive aging. Additionally, problem coping and emotion coping are found to mediate the relationship between social support networks and positive aging. There is potential in bringing more domestic helpers into elderly care and improving the service quality such that the goal of Aging in Place can be promoted in Hong Kong. Intended for researchers in social work, gerontology and positive psychology, it is also essential reading for graduates and social work professionals interested in this area. This book makes a valuable contribution to social gerontological research among Hong Kong older adults and the promotion of wellbeing in the elderly via the construct of positive aging in the culture of Chinese society.

About the authors

​Dr. Susu Liu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Soochow University, China, and has been an Outstanding Young Scholar of Soochow University since 2018. Her research areas include social gerontology, social work with older adults, social support network and volunteerism.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-3783-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-3782-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Support Networks, Coping and Positive Aging Among the Community-Dwelling Elderly in Hong Kong
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press
Distribution Rights
No distribution right for the Mainland of China
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-3783-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-3783-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-3782-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 189
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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