Health, functioning and social engagement among the UK Chinese

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-150
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


The present study examines factors associated with health, functioning and social engagement among Chinese in the UK. A total of 211 Chinese men and women aged between 15 and 79 years were recruited through a selection of Chinese social organisations across the UK. Data was collected using a self-completion questionnaire, which included domains examining health and functioning and social functioning; among others. Poor health and functioning was associated with levels of social support. Social engagement was associated with high levels of social support, network size, and contribution to others, emphasising the importance of meaningful social engagement. Those individuals with good cognitive and physical functioning felt more of a sense of social cohesion and inclusion and respect from others than individuals with poorer functioning. Findings emphasise the UK Chinese community's reliance on informal support networks rather than the utilisation of formal networks, which may go some way to explain the reported underutilisation of formal health and social support services among this community. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • Chinese, Functioning, Health, Hong Kong, Social engagement, UK