Beyond traditional values: mental health in later life in China and Hong Kong

Au, Alma, and Li, Wendy (2017) Beyond traditional values: mental health in later life in China and Hong Kong. In: [Presented at] International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. From: 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 23-27 July 2017, San Francisco, USA.

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According to the World Bank, China has the fastest aging population in human history. Strongly influenced by filial piety, there has been a culture of honoring an older person as a ‘treasure at home’ However due to various factors including rapid urbanization and associated policies, empty nest households are becoming more prevalent in Mainland China. In Hong Kong, traditional values are eroding, reinforced by a decline in the social status of older adults as a result of relatively low levels of education and lack of gainful employment. Moreover, social stigma and ‘face saving’ are prevalent in Chinese cultures. Mental illness is considered shameful. Negative stereotypes affect intervention models. This presentation examines the development of mental health services in China as well as the unique challenges faced by the different regions, including the paucity of community services in the Mainland and the sustainability of health/ community care in Hong Kong.

Item ID: 54283
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: cultural value, ageing, mental health, China, Hong Kong
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 02:19
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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