Mediating effects of psychological resilience on life satisfaction among older adults: A cross-sectional study in China

Wenbiao Zheng, Yunong Huang, Yao Fu

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Abstract

The mediating effects of psychological resilience on quality of life among older adults were rarely examined empirically. Based on the literature on the relationship between psychological resilience and quality of life and the factors associated with psychological resilience among older adults, a theoretical model was proposed with the hypothesis that psychological resilience would mediate the relationships between both filial support and sense of community and life satisfaction among older adults. The research used a cross‐sectional design. Non‐probability sampling method was applied to recruit 418 community‐dwelling older adults in two adjacent cities in Fujian, China in 2017. A face‐to‐face structured Chinese questionnaire was adopted to collect data. The structural equation modeling showed that psychological resilience mediated the relationships between both filial support and sense of community and life satisfaction. The findings confirmed the positive impacts of psychological resilience on older adults’ life satisfaction and highlighted the importance of family and community contexts to older adults’ psychological resilience and life satisfaction. Interventions and programmes that aim to promote filial support towards older adults and enhance their sense of community would contribute to both their psychological resilience and life satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1323-1332
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • psychological resilience
  • filial support
  • sense of community
  • quality of life

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