Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 117–133

Sociodemographic Differentials of the Self-rated Health of the Oldest-old Chinese


  • Guiping Liu
    • Max-Planck-Institute for Demographic Research
  • Zhen Zhang
    • Institute of Population ResearchYunnan University

DOI: 10.1023/B:POPU.0000019921.20777.1b

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Liu, G. & Zhang, Z. Population Research and Policy Review (2004) 23: 117. doi:10.1023/B:POPU.0000019921.20777.1b


This study explores the correlation between sociodemographic factors and theself-rated health status of the oldest-old Chinese (80 and older). The data werefrom the Healthy Longevity Survey in China conducted in 1998. We applied astereotype ordered regression model to capture the ordinal nature of the responsevariable. We found that age group, sex, living arrangement, educational attainment,and occupational history were associated significantly with the self-rated healthstatus of the oldest-old Chinese, and the elderly with lower social status tended tonegatively evaluate health status. We reached the conclusions after controlling suchvariables as the capacity of physical performance of daily activities and chronic diseases.

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