Aged care and mental health in China

Li, Wendy Wen, Huang, Xuewei, Chen, Yan, and Li, Hongyu (2016) Aged care and mental health in China. In: Li, Wendy Wen, Cummings, Sherry M., Ponnuswami, Ilango, and Park, Hong-Jae, (eds.) Ageing and Mental Health: global perspectives. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY, USA, pp. 151-165.

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China has the largest number of older people in the world. Strongly influenced by filial piety (respect and care for older people), Chinese elders have been historically honoured as wise and contributing members of society who deserve, and are to be provided with, care and respect. Adult children are traditionally expected to live with their ageing parents to provide financial, physical, and emotional support. As a result of the one-child policy implemented in the 1970s, the proportion of older Chinese people has increased. The traditional practice of adult children living with their ageing parents, however, has evolved, resulting in empty-nest households becoming more and more prevalent in China. Along with rapid economic development and urbanisation, the phenomenon of empty-nest has impacts on the mental health of older Chinese people who may experience loneliness, isolation, and even anxiety and depression. As there has been a lack of national investigation on the prevalence of anxiety, depression, dementia and other forms of mental disorders among older people, this chapter reviews the academic research into mental disorder prevalence. Based on the discussion of policy and available services, the chapter provides recommendations related to older adults’ mental health.

Item ID: 44609
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-63484-777-3
Keywords: filial piety, caregiving, anxiety, depression, dementia, urbanisation
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 23:30
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440706 Health policy @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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