Living arrangement and life satisfaction in older Malaysians: The mediating role of social support function

Kooshiar, H. and Yahaya, N. and Hamid, T. A. and Abu Samah, A. and Sedaghat Jou, V. (2012) Living arrangement and life satisfaction in older Malaysians: The mediating role of social support function. PLoS ONE, 7 (8).

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Background: This cross-sectional and correlational survey examines the association between different types of living arrangements and life satisfaction in older Malaysians, while taking into account the mediating effects of social support function. Methodology and Findings: A total of 1880 of older adults were selected by multistage stratified sampling. Life satisfaction and social support were measured with the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale and Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey. The result shows living with children as the commonest type of living arrangement for older adults in peninsular Malaysia. Compared to living alone, living only with a spouse especially and then co-residency with children were both associated with better life satisfaction (p<.01) and social support function (p<.01). The mediating effect of social support function enhanced the relation between living arrangements and life satisfaction. Conclusion: This study revealed that types of living arrangement directly, and indirectly through social support function, play an important role in predicting life satisfaction for older adults in Malaysia. This study makes remarkable contributions to the Convoy model in older Malaysians. © 2012 Kooshiar et al.

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Additional Information: Cited By :21 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Kooshiar, H.; Department of Medical Surgical, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult aged article Asian correlational study cross-sectional study family life female health survey human life satisfaction living alone living arrangement living with children living with others living with spouse only Malaysia Malaysian male medical outcomes study social support survey Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale prediction rating scale social support society spouse stratified sample Age Factors Analysis of Variance Cross-Sectional Studies Factor Analysis, Statistical Humans Middle Aged Personal Satisfaction Residence Characteristics Sex Factors Socioeconomic Factors
Subjects: WT Geriatrics . Chronic Diseases
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib5 lib5
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 09:04
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 09:04

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