Family stressors, home demands and responsibilities, coping resources, social connectedness, and thai older adult health problems: Examining gender variations

Ambika Krishnakumar, Lutchmie Narine, Amara Soonthorndhada, Kanchana Thianlai

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine gender variations in the linkages among family stressors, home demands and responsibilities, coping resources, social connectedness, and older adult health problems. Methods: Data were collected from 3,800 elderly participants (1,654 men and 2,146 women) residing in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand. Results: Findings indicated gender variations in the levels of these constructs and in the mediational pathways. Thai women indicated greater health problems than men. Emotional empathy was the central variable that linked financial strain, home demands and responsibilities, and older adult health problems through social connectedness. Financial strain (and negative life events for women) was associated with lowered coping self-efficacy and increased health problems. The model indicated greater strength in predicting female health problems. Discussion: Findings support gender variations in the relationships between ecological factors and older adult health problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-283
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2015

Keywords

  • Thai elderly health
  • coping self-efficacy
  • emotional empathy
  • family life challenges
  • social connectedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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