Aging well socially through engagement with life : Adapting rowe and Kahn's model of successful aging to chinese cultural context

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Sik Hung Ng
  • Jean Woo
  • Alex Y.H. Kwan
  • Stephanie Lai

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-330
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Volume73
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Abstract

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. © 2011, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.

Citation Format(s)

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.

In: International Journal of Aging and Human Development, Vol. 73, No. 4, 01.01.2011, p. 313-330.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal