alexa Living Arrangement and its Association with Residential Needs of Community-dwelling Older Adults in China
ISSN: 2161-0487

Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy
Open Access

Like us on:
OMICS International organises 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events every year across USA, Europe & Asia with support from 1000 more scientific Societies and Publishes 700+ Open Access Journals which contains over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

Open Access Journals gaining more Readers and Citations

700 Journals and 15,000,000 Readers Each Journal is getting 25,000+ Readers

This Readership is 10 times more when compared to other Subscription Journals (Source: Google Analytics)

Research Article

Living Arrangement and its Association with Residential Needs of Community-dwelling Older Adults in China

Jing Yu1*, Zi Yan2 and Juan Li3

1Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China

2Department of Health Sciences, Merrimack College, MA, 01845, USA

3Center on Ageing Psychology, Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Corresponding Author:
Jing Yu
Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, No. 2 Tiansheng Road
BeiBei District, Chongqing 400715, P. R. China
Tel: 86-23-6825-2309
Fax: 86-23-6825-2309
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: December 10, 2015; Accepted date: January 29, 2016; Published date: February 09, 2016

Citation: Yu J, Yan Z, Li J (2016) Living Arrangement and its Association with Residential Needs of Community-dwelling Older Adults in China. J Psychol Psychother 6:235. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000235

Copyright: © 2016 Yu J. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: In China for decades, the most desirable living arrangement for older adults has been held to be the traditional multigenerational household. However, along with the growing economy and dramatic social changes, Chinese older adults’ living arrangement could have changed as well. The present study examined and compared the patterns and correlates of actual and preferred living arrangement of Chinese community-dwelling pre-old and old, and investigated the association between their residential needs and living arrangement preferences accordingly.

Methods: Nine hundred and forty-seven community-dwelling participants from three typical metropolises as Shenyang, Wuhan, and Guangzhou were enrolled and included in the final data analyses. Self-reported scales were used as measurement tools for older adults’ demographics, actual and preferred living arrangement, and residential needs.

Results: We found a high proportion of coresidence in both actual 54.8% and preferred 48.5% living arrangement in Chinese pre-old and old. The main impact factors for realities were marital status and income, while for preferred living arrangement it was education level. Moreover, older adults’ living arrangement preferences had different association patterns with residential needs, in which four dimensions of perceived housing-safety, accessibility, relatedness, and leisure were more cherished by elderly living separately from children compared to those who live with children.

Conclusions: The present study showed that throughout the tremendous social-economic changes happening in contemporary China, living with children was still the first choice for Chinese older adults in both actual and preferred situations. Moreover, older adults’ living arrangement preferences had different association patterns with their residential needs, in which elderly who prefer to live separately from children attached more importance to all the safety, accessibility, relatedness, and leisure aspects of housing. The present study makes substantial contributions to the understanding of the living arrangement issue in China, and such knowledge sheds light on the conceptual and practical meanings of housing, elder care and health in old age.


Share This Page

Additional Info

Loading Please wait..
Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version