Gendered social capital and health outcomes among older adults in China

Qingwen Xu, Julie A. Norstrand

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    The gender dimension of social capital remains underinvestigated, particularly in the Eastern context. Goal: This chapter examines the relationship between social capital and health among a sample of older adults from China, particularly from a gender perspective. Method: Sample ( N = 1,854) of older Chinese (60 years and over), 46.4% female, were obtained from Chinese General Social Survey (CGSS) 2005, a representative sample survey of China's urban and rural households. Principal component analysis generated eight dimensions of social capital on which male and female elders were compared using t -tests. Treating physical and emotional health outcomes as continuous variables, multiple regressions tested relationship between social capital and health outcomes for male and female groups separately. Results: Significant differences were found on some dimensions of social capital by gender. Regressions indicated different associations between dimensions of social capital with health outcomes by gender. Implications: Accounting for gender may be important when developing interventions to maximize social capital in communities of China.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationAging in China
    Subtitle of host publicationImplications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State
    PublisherSpringer US
    Pages147-168
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781441983510
    ISBN (Print)9781441983503
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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    social capital
    China
    Health
    health
    gender
    regression
    Social Capital
    Principal Component Analysis
    community
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    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Psychology(all)

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    Xu, Q., & Norstrand, J. A. (2012). Gendered social capital and health outcomes among older adults in China. In Aging in China: Implications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State (pp. 147-168). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8351-0_9

    Gendered social capital and health outcomes among older adults in China. / Xu, Qingwen; Norstrand, Julie A.

    Aging in China: Implications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State. Springer US, 2012. p. 147-168.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Xu, Q & Norstrand, JA 2012, Gendered social capital and health outcomes among older adults in China. in Aging in China: Implications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State. Springer US, pp. 147-168. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8351-0_9
    Xu Q, Norstrand JA. Gendered social capital and health outcomes among older adults in China. In Aging in China: Implications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State. Springer US. 2012. p. 147-168 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8351-0_9
    Xu, Qingwen ; Norstrand, Julie A. / Gendered social capital and health outcomes among older adults in China. Aging in China: Implications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State. Springer US, 2012. pp. 147-168
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