Neighborhood Environment, Residential Satisfaction, and Depressive Symptoms Among Older Adults in Residential Care Homes

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268–288
Journal / PublicationThe International Journal of Aging & Human Development
Volume87
Issue number3
Online published25 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Abstract

Burgeoning evidence has shown that neighborhood environments are related to depressive symptoms in the older population. Older adults living in residential care homes may be more vulnerable to environmental characteristics. The current study sought to understand how institutionalized older adults relate to environmental factors and residential satisfaction in terms of depressive symptoms. Data were collected from a cross-sectional national survey of 1,429 Chinese elders living in residential care homes. The findings reveal that 46.1% of the older Chinese residents living in residential care homes suffered from mild to severe depression. In addition, the current study finds that both environmental factors (e.g., geographic position, air quality, and transportation) and residential satisfaction are negatively associated with depressive symptoms. The findings support that residential satisfaction partially mediate the relationship between exterior environmental characteristics and depressive symptoms.

Research Area(s)

  • depressive symptoms, environmental characteristics, residential satisfaction, residential care homes, China

Citation Format(s)

Neighborhood Environment, Residential Satisfaction, and Depressive Symptoms Among Older Adults in Residential Care Homes. / Liu, Susu; Ouyang, Zheng; Chong, Alice M.; Wang, Haitao.

In: The International Journal of Aging & Human Development, Vol. 87, No. 3, 01.10.2018, p. 268–288.

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