Advertisement

Quality of Life Measures in the Elderly and the Role of Social Support in Elderly Chinese

  • L. Zhang
  • R. Hunter
  • C. Shao
Reference work entry

Abstract:

China has stepped into an ageing society. Factors such as it's massive population, rapidly evolving societal structure and still developing economy make China's situation unique. The elderly Chinese person faces a number of difficulties, with an ageing body and reduced physical strength on the one hand, and reduced adaptability to their social surroundings and diminishing  social support. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to evaluate the quality of life and social support in elderly Chinese people.

At present, tools for evaluating quality of life and social support in the elderly can be divided into those used in China and those used internationally, without either China or the international community taking advantage of what the other has to offer. Better understanding of these assessment tools could fundamentally enhance and improve the quality of life and social support in elderly Chinese people, and may have a wider impact on the economy and strengthen the nation.

Keywords

Social Support Quality Index Elderly Person Pension System Spiritual Life 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

List of Abbreviations:

GDS

geriatric depression scale

GQOL-EC

geriatric quality of life investigation and evaluation criterion in China

GQOLI

generic quality of life inventory

HRLQS

health relative life quality scale

Katz ADL

activities of daily life

Lanton IADL

instrumental activities of daily life

LSIA

life satisfaction index A

LSIB

life satisfaction index B

LSIZ

life satisfaction index Z

LSR

life satisfaction rating scale

MOS SF-36

medical outcome study 36-item short form

MUNSH

Memorial University of Newfoundland Scale of Happiness

PGC

Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale

QOL

quality of life

SAS

self-rating anxiety scale

SES

the self-esteem scale

SEIQOF

schedule for evaluation of individual quality of life

SSRS

social support rating scale

UCLA

UCLA loneliness scale

WHO QOL-BREF

World Health Organization Quality of Life Brief

References

  1. Chen C. (1999). J Soc Sci Hunan Normal Univ. 28(4): 19–26.Google Scholar
  2. Chen C, Pan Z. (2000). J Soc Sci Hunan Normal Univ. 29(6): 25–31.Google Scholar
  3. Chen R, Liao D, Li X, Xie C, Feng Q, Li Y. (2005). J Guangxi Med Univ. 22(2): 237–239.Google Scholar
  4. Cheng X, Gao X, Gao H. (2004). China Health Educ. 20(4): 376–377.Google Scholar
  5. Ding G, Ma J, Shen C. (2007). J Commun Med. 5(13): 16–18.Google Scholar
  6. Dong L, Du R, Xu L. (2007). J Beihua Univ (Nat Sci). 8(3): 258–261.Google Scholar
  7. Feng X, Li J, Li Z, Mei S, Zhang S, Wang X, Mu D. (2005). Chinese J Gerontol. 25(11): 1333–1334.Google Scholar
  8. Guo Y. (1995). Med soc. 8(4): 25.Google Scholar
  9. He B, Li X, Yu G (2002). J Chinese Phys. 4(4): 393–395.Google Scholar
  10. Jiang J, Sun G, Zhang C. (1999). Chinese J Gerontol. 19(3): 129–130.Google Scholar
  11. Jiang B, Xu T, Liao M, Yi G, Liu C, Sun Y. (2003). Chin Ment Health J. 17(5): 291–293.Google Scholar
  12. Jiang W, Lin T, Li M. (2007). Guangdong Med J. 28(7): 1162–1163.Google Scholar
  13. Li Y. (2003). J Sichuan Administr College. 3(1): 53–57.Google Scholar
  14. Li X, Guo J. (2003). Soc Med Sec. 20(4): 154–158.Google Scholar
  15. Li L, He W, Yang D, Zhang Y, Wu K, Luo Y, Huang J, Zhang B, Liu J, Liao J. (1995). Chin Ment Health J: 9(5)227–231.Google Scholar
  16. Li L, Wang H, Shen Y. (2002). Chin J Prevent Med. 36(2):109–113.Google Scholar
  17. Li C, Wu Z, Li J. (2003). Chin Ment Health J. 17(1): 47–49.Google Scholar
  18. Li D, Xu T, Wu D, Wang Z. (2004). Chinese J Rehabilit Med. 19(7): 515–517.Google Scholar
  19. Lin Y, Jiang X, Wang R. (2000). Chinese J Gerontol. 20(2): 65–66.Google Scholar
  20. Liu Z, Li N, Ren X, Li J, Zhang J, Sun D. (2001). J West China Univ Med Sci. 32(1): 39–42.Google Scholar
  21. Lu K, Jiang Q, Zhu Y. (2000). Chin Ment Health J. 14(2): 93–95.Google Scholar
  22. Lu R, Zhao Y, Qv C. (2007). Chinese Remedies Clinics. 7(9): 700–701.Google Scholar
  23. Lv T, Zhang Z, Lv D, Zhang Q. (1999). Chin J Prevent Control Chronic Non-Commun Dis. 7(5): 224–225.Google Scholar
  24. Mu G. (2007). South China Populat. 17(1): 33–36.Google Scholar
  25. Ning H, Luo C, Zhang Q, Zhu Y, Wu S, Liang H, Zhang X. (1999). Chin J Prevent Control Chronic Non-Communicable Dis. 7(4): 168–170.Google Scholar
  26. Shi J, Zhang S, Yang Y, Guo D, Fan D, Zuo Y, Yu P. (1998). Chin J Epidemiol. 19(1): 15–17.Google Scholar
  27. Shi X, Wang A, Li Y, Xie J. (2002). China Pub Health. 18(9): 1095–1096.Google Scholar
  28. Song X, Wang A, Chen X, Tan K, Zhen J. (2004). Chin J Nat Med. 6(2): 74–76.Google Scholar
  29. Sun Y, Jiang B, Xu T, Huang L, Zeng Y, Zhong S. (2003). Pract Prevent Med. 10(4):476–478.Google Scholar
  30. Tang X, Jiao J, Wu C. (2001). Chin J Rehabilit Theory Pract. 7(2): 76–83.Google Scholar
  31. Tao G, Liu X, Chen F, Wu Q, Zhang J, Ji X, Lin N, Zhang B, Li X, Liu L, Che J, Wang X. (1997). Chinese J Gerontol. 17(4):197–198.Google Scholar
  32. Tian L, Wang C, Zhou L, Xu B, Deng D. (2003). J Bethune Military Med College. 1(1): 29–31.Google Scholar
  33. Wang L. (2007). J Jining Med College. 30(1): 66–67.Google Scholar
  34. Wang K, Li B. (1998). Chin J Health Statist. 15(5): 9–13.Google Scholar
  35. Wang Y, Wang Z, Xing Y, Tian A, Ma Y, Zhang W, Kong J, Wang S. (2001a). Academic J Kaifeng Med College. 20(1): 76–78.Google Scholar
  36. Wang S, Li L, Wei L, Ma S, Chen Z, Zhang H. (2001b). Chin J Behav Med Sci. 10(3): 246–247.Google Scholar
  37. Wu Z, Li J, Xu S. (2003). Chin J Gerontol. 23(11): 713–715.Google Scholar
  38. Wang D, Dong Y, Zhou L, Shen J. (2004). Acta Psychologica Sinica. 36(1): 78–82.Google Scholar
  39. Wang S, Xia Y, Xiao Q, Shao J, Dai Y, Sheng S. (2007). China J Health Psychol. 15(5): 454–456.Google Scholar
  40. Xiang F, Mao H, Tang Y, Ai L, Shi X. (1998). Health Psychol J. 6(3): 354–355.Google Scholar
  41. Xiao L, Zhong H, Li Z. (1997). Pract Geriat J. 11(6): 263–265.Google Scholar
  42. Xu T, Ou Q. (1998). Chin J Epidemiol. 19(1):9–11.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  43. Xu T, Jiang B, Sun Y, Huang L, Lu T, Liu J. (2003). Chin J Geriat. 22(7): 427–429.Google Scholar
  44. Yang Z. (2002). Shenzhen University J (Humanities and Social Science). 19(1): 60–66.Google Scholar
  45. Yang M. (2007). J Commun Med. 5(15): 61–63.Google Scholar
  46. Yang J, Pan J, Tao Q. (2000). Guizhou Med J. 24(5): 315–316.Google Scholar
  47. Yu P, Yang C, He H. (1996). Chin J Geriatr. 15(5): 320.Google Scholar
  48. Yuan A, Chen Y, Lv C. (2000). J High Altitude Med. 10(1): 55–57.Google Scholar
  49. Yue C, Wang D, Li L. (2006). Chin J Clin Rehabilit. 10(18): 53–55.Google Scholar
  50. Zhang l, Huang J, Fan F, Li L. (2001a). Chin J of Behav Med Sci. 10(6): 601–603.Google Scholar
  51. Zhang H, Lv Z, Wang S, Chen Z, Zhang C, Qi L, Tian Z, Wu J. (2001b). J Baotou Med College. 17(4): 262–264.Google Scholar
  52. Zhang L, Shao C, Fan F, Huang J, Li L. (2003a). Chinese J Gerontol. 23(5):272–274.Google Scholar
  53. Zhang L, Huang J, Li L, Wang B, Wang A. (2003b). J Fourth Mil Med Univ. 24(13): 1236–1239.Google Scholar
  54. Zhang L, Shao C, Wang B, Long Y, Zhang Z, Li L. (2004). Chin J Geriat. 23(2): 112–114.Google Scholar
  55. Zheng Z, Zhu H, Wang Z. (1998). Chinese J Gerontol. 18(4): 193–194.Google Scholar
  56. Zhong H, Xiao L, Li Z. (1998). Chin J Nurs. 33(6): 314–317.Google Scholar
  57. Zhou Y, Liu L, Guo Z, Huo Q. (2003). J Ningxia Med College. 25(1): 19–21.Google Scholar
  58. Zhu Z, Zhao G, Ou Q. (1995). Chinese J Gerontol. 15(1): 12–14.Google Scholar
  59. Zhu J, Wang W, Mao Z, Li B, Mi Y. (2006). Chin J Rehabilit Med. 21(2): 149–151.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Zhang
    • 1
  • R. Hunter
    • 2
  • C. Shao
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyFourth Military Medical University of PLAShanxi ProvinceChina
  2. 2.Department of Nutrition and DieteticsKings College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Urology, Xinjing HospitalFourth Military Medical UniversityShanxi ProvinceChina

Personalised recommendations