Stability and change in the perceived social support of older Taiwanese adults

Jennifer C. Cornman, Scott M. Lynch, Noreen Goldman, Maxine Weinstein, Hui Sheng Lin

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Objectives. The purpose of this study is to examine stability and change in Taiwanese elders' perceptions about the availability of social support and the sociodemographic and cultural factors associated with change. Methods. This study uses data from four waves of the Survey of Living Status of the Elderly in Taiwan that spans a 10-year period and employs latent growth curve models to examine trajectories of perceived support and the sociocultural factors that may explain variability in baseline levels of support and variability in changes in support as respondents age. Results. Perceptions about social support appear to follow a linear trajectory across age, with significant variation in baseline perceptions and in patterns of change in perceived support across the sample. Sociocultural factors primarily explain differences in initial levels of support but also have some effect on changes in support. Discussion. Despite the increasing pressures and demands on adult children's time that are associated with social and economic development, the elderly in Taiwan on average feel supported by their social networks, with the perceived availability of support increasing with age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S350-S357
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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