This chapter synthesizes a wide spectrum of concepts, theories and previous academic research that guide the current research. It covers a review of concepts in social gerontology and psychology that concern the key concepts of the study, including positive aging, social support network, coping and DHs as support providers. Afterwards, a few concepts (e.g., successful aging, subjective well-being and quality of life) that may be related to the key concepts are also covered to give justifications of the choice of research topic in the specific study. Furthermore, a body of previous academic research in the relevant research area is presented. This review will enable the researcher to formulate conceptual frameworks for the study and to propose the hypotheses to be tested.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social WorkSoochow UniversitySuzhouChina

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