Dimensions of subjective well-being and effects of physical activity in Chinese older adults

P Ku, J McKenna, KR Fox

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    Abstract

    Subjective well-being (SWB) and its relationship with physical activity have not been systematically investigated in older Chinese people. This study explored these issues using qualitative interviews with a purposive sample of 23 community-dwelling Chinese older adults (age 55–78 y, 12 women); 16 were physically active and 7 physically inactive. Using cross-case analyses, 7 dimensions of SWB emerged: physical, psychological, developmental, material, spiritual, sociopolitical, and social. Although elements of SWB may be shared across cultures, specific distinctions were identified. Active respondents reported the unique contributions of physical activity to the physical, psychological, developmental, and social elements of SWB. The findings suggest that physical activity could enhance the quality of life in Chinese older adults.
    Translated title of the contributionDimensions of subjective well-being and effects of physical activity in Chinese older adults
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)382 - 397
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
    Volume15 (4)
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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    Publisher: Human Kinetics inc

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