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Social support and self-rated health among older men and women in Vietnam

Giang, LT, Nguyen, TT and Nguyen, NT 2020 , 'Social support and self-rated health among older men and women in Vietnam' , Journal of Population Ageing , pp. 1-16 , doi: 10.1007/s12062-020-09283-6.

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This study examined social support factors associated with self-rated health amongolder men and women people in Vietnam, using data from the Vietnam AgeingSurvey (VNAS) in 2011 with 2538 older people, including 1017 men and 1521women. Applying statistical tests and multivariable logistic regressions, this studyshowed that social support – presented by structural and functional supports – wasstrongly associated with health status of both older men and women. Particularly,living alone, number of children living nearby and average frequency talking onphone with children were significantly associated with older women’s health, whilesatisfaction with respect from community, financial support from children, andinformation support were strongly associated with older men’s health. For both ofthem, age and literacy were significantly associated with their health. Given thosefindings, this study suggested that various home- and community-based careprogrammes as well as filial duty from children and respect to older people fromcommunitymembers should be prioritised, so as to promote both physical and mentalhealth for older people.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Giang, LT and Nguyen, TT and Nguyen, NT
Keywords: ageing, older people, self-rated health, social support, Vietnam
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Population Ageing
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
ISSN: 1874-7884
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s12062-020-09283-6
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