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ERIC Number: EJ956127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0091-4150
Aging Well Socially through Engagement with Life: Adapting Rowe and Kahn's Model of Successful Aging to Chinese Cultural Context
Ng, Sik Hung; Cheung, Chau-Kiu; Chong, Alice M. L.; Woo, Jean; Kwan, Alex Y. H.; Lai, Stephanie
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v73 n4 p313-330 2011
Although aging well socially (Engagement with Life) is as important as aging well personally (Illness Avoidance and Functioning) (Rowe & Kahn, 1998), it has received less research attention. A Caring (CE) and a Productive (PE) form of Engagement were derived from an analysis of Chinese cultural meanings of engagement, and combined with Illness Avoidance and Functioning to form a 4-factor model. Confirmatory factor analysis based on 2,970 Hong Kong Chinese (40 to 74 years) showed a good model fit that was replicated a year later with 2,120 of the original sample. Further analysis led to a more parsimonious model where Illness Avoidance and Functioning converged into a single second-order factor whereas CE and PE remained as distinct first-order factors. The results supported the differentiation of Rowe and Kahn's Engagement with Life component into Caring and Productive Engagements. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong