Life Satisfaction of Older Chinese Adults Living in Rural Communities

Hong Li, Iris Chi, Ling Xu

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Guided by the socio-environmental theoretical framework, this study examined factors associated with life satisfaction experienced by older Chinese adults living in rural communities. The data used in this study were extracted from the Sample Survey on Aged Population in Urban/Rural China conducted by the China Research Center on Aging in 2000. This study included 10,084 rural older adults in mainland China. In this study 60.2 % of rural older adults were satisfied with their lives. Results from a multinomial logistic regression analysis showed that life satisfaction reported by rural older Chinese adults was significantly related to education, financial resources, self-rated health, financial support from children, satisfaction with children's support, house sitting for their children, visiting neighbors, and being invited to dinner by neighbors. Research and policy implications of these findings are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-165
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of cross-cultural gerontology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Life satisfaction
  • Older Chinese adults
  • Rural communities
  • Social environmental theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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