Quality of Social Networks Among UK Chinese

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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-439
Journal / PublicationSocial Indicators Research
Volume114
Issue number2
Online published26 Sep 2012
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Abstract

The present study examines factors affecting the quality of social networks of Chinese in the UK, in relation to network size and perceived respect gained from social network. The study further explores the role of social networks in relation to the social norms of helping and helping behaviour. Two hundred and eleven British Chinese participants recruited from Chinese health and community centres across the United Kingdom completed a quantitative questionnaire. The 38-item instrument consisted of four main domains: health and functioning; social functioning; volunteerism; and demographics. Findings revealed an association between social participation and social network size. High levels of trust in family members was found to be negatively associated with social network size, implying that strong family relations is a hindrance to social network size among British Chinese participants. More research is needed to further explore social networks of the British Chinese and the implications that this may have on use of services and social participation. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Research Area(s)

  • Chinese, Hong Kong, Social identification, Social networks, Social participation, Trust, UK

Citation Format(s)

Quality of Social Networks Among UK Chinese. / Rochelle, Tina L.; Shardlow, Steven M.

In: Social Indicators Research, Vol. 114, No. 2, 11.2013, p. 425-439.

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