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Social participation and self-perception of being old in China

Social participation and self-perception of being old in China
Social participation and self-perception of being old in China
Longer life expectancy means that chronological age is no longer a useful indicator of defining old age. This study included 6,452 participants aged 60 years and older from the 2014 China Longitudinal Aging Social Survey to investigate the relationships between different types of social participation and self-perception of being old in China. Ordinary least square regression was applied. Results show that respondents who engaged in political participation or community participation reported higher self-perception of being old than those who did not engage in these social participations. Respondents who provided more care for grandchildren reported self-perception of being old at younger age. In the context of delaying retirement in China, obligatory participation was associated with an earlier start of the self-perception of being old. Elimination of mandatory retirement and separating that from pension eligibility may be good choices for promoting active aging.
0091-4150
Liu, Huijun
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Wu, Bei
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Feng, Zhixin
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Liu, Huijun
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Wu, Bei
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Feng, Zhixin
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Liu, Huijun, Wu, Bei and Feng, Zhixin (2019) Social participation and self-perception of being old in China. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. (doi:10.1177/0091415019875456).

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Abstract

Longer life expectancy means that chronological age is no longer a useful indicator of defining old age. This study included 6,452 participants aged 60 years and older from the 2014 China Longitudinal Aging Social Survey to investigate the relationships between different types of social participation and self-perception of being old in China. Ordinary least square regression was applied. Results show that respondents who engaged in political participation or community participation reported higher self-perception of being old than those who did not engage in these social participations. Respondents who provided more care for grandchildren reported self-perception of being old at younger age. In the context of delaying retirement in China, obligatory participation was associated with an earlier start of the self-perception of being old. Elimination of mandatory retirement and separating that from pension eligibility may be good choices for promoting active aging.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 September 2019
Published date: 13 September 2019

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434676
ISSN: 0091-4150
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Date deposited: 04 Oct 2019 16:30
Last modified: 18 Nov 2019 17:31

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