Functional limitations and life satisfaction dynamics among Asian-born migrants and Australian-born participants in the HILDA study

Yiengprugsawan, Vasoontara, Jatrana, Santosh, Banwell, Cathy, and Welsh, Jennifer (2019) Functional limitations and life satisfaction dynamics among Asian-born migrants and Australian-born participants in the HILDA study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 38 (4). pp. 284-289.

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate functional limitations and life satisfaction among Asian-born migrants and Australian-born participants in the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) study.

Methods: Information on 10 167 Australian-born participants and 650 Asian-born migrants from Waves 6 to 16 (2006-2016) of HILDA was analysed using multivariate linear regressions, adjusting for baseline covariates.

Results: Middle-aged and older Asian-born migrants had a lower decline in functional limitations compared to the Australian-born participants (−1.74 vs −4.47 during the 5-year period and −5.66 vs −8.50 during the 10-year period). Decline in life satisfaction scores was relatively stable among older Australian-born participants, but there was a steeper decline among Asian-born migrants in the 5-year period. Notably, relative change was not statistically significant for both outcomes.

Conclusion: This study reveals that middle-aged and older Asian-born migrants had less decline in physical health but not in life satisfaction. Monitoring health and well-being of migrants as they age could help to minimise health disparities in Australia.

Item ID: 62567
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: aging, Asian, longitudinal studies, migrants, personal satisfaction, well-being
Copyright Information: © 2019 AJA Inc.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP160103023, ARC CE1101029, ARC CE170100005
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 23:03
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1603 Demography > 160399 Demography not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 100%
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