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Social network and health: A comparison of Chinese older adults in Shanghai and elderly immigrants in Boston

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Wu, B; Guo, M; Chi, I; Plassman, BL
Published in: International Journal of Social Welfare
October 1, 2011

The association between social network and health in older Chinese immigrants in the USA and their counterparts in China was examined using data from 177 Chinese immigrants in Boston, USA and 428 respondents in Shanghai, China. The results showed that Chinese immigrants had a significantly better self-rated health status but also that they reported a greater number of functional limitations. Although the level of the social network differed among respondents in Shanghai and in Boston, the impact of the social network on health status was similar for the two samples. The impact of the social network diminished when covariates such as health behaviors and health problems were added to the models. The conclusion, therefore, is that much of the association between a strong social network and better self-reported health in later life may be explained by other factors such as socio-economic status, health behaviors, health status, and access to health care. © 2011 The Author(s). International Journal of Social Welfare © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the International Journal of Social Welfare.

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Published In

International Journal of Social Welfare

DOI

EISSN

1468-2397

ISSN

1369-6866

Publication Date

October 1, 2011

Volume

20

Issue

SUPPL. 1

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Work
  • 4409 Social work
  • 4407 Policy and administration
  • 1607 Social Work
  • 1606 Political Science
 

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Wu, B., Guo, M., Chi, I., & Plassman, B. L. (2011). Social network and health: A comparison of Chinese older adults in Shanghai and elderly immigrants in Boston. International Journal of Social Welfare, 20(SUPPL. 1). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00820.x
Wu, B., M. Guo, I. Chi, and B. L. Plassman. “Social network and health: A comparison of Chinese older adults in Shanghai and elderly immigrants in Boston.” International Journal of Social Welfare 20, no. SUPPL. 1 (October 1, 2011). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00820.x.
Wu B, Guo M, Chi I, Plassman BL. Social network and health: A comparison of Chinese older adults in Shanghai and elderly immigrants in Boston. International Journal of Social Welfare. 2011 Oct 1;20(SUPPL. 1).
Wu, B., et al. “Social network and health: A comparison of Chinese older adults in Shanghai and elderly immigrants in Boston.” International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 20, no. SUPPL. 1, Oct. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00820.x.
Wu B, Guo M, Chi I, Plassman BL. Social network and health: A comparison of Chinese older adults in Shanghai and elderly immigrants in Boston. International Journal of Social Welfare. 2011 Oct 1;20(SUPPL. 1).
Journal cover image

Published In

International Journal of Social Welfare

DOI

EISSN

1468-2397

ISSN

1369-6866

Publication Date

October 1, 2011

Volume

20

Issue

SUPPL. 1

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Work
  • 4409 Social work
  • 4407 Policy and administration
  • 1607 Social Work
  • 1606 Political Science