Social Indicators Research

, Volume 71, Issue 1–3, pp 335–361 | Cite as

An Exploratory Study on the Quality of Life of older Chinese People Living alone in Hong Kong

  • Jik Joen LeeEmail author


This study successfully interviewed 109 randomly selected Chinese people aged 60 and over living alone in two public housing estates in an urban area of Hong Kong. The results show that mental health status, number of days staying in hospital, life satisfaction, age, and self-esteem are significant factors in predicting the life quality of older Chinese respondents living alone. The explanatory power of this model is 56.4. The results of this study are consistent with previous findings reported in the west and in Hong Kong. A subgroup analysis of those older Chinese respondents living alone who have offspring also living in Hong Kong shows that belief in childrens’ support in old age, good walking ability, and better self-reported health status via life satisfaction as the mediating variable, better self-reported health status and satisfactory self-reported financial status via self-esteem as the mediating variable, are crucial predictors of quality of life. This model explains 64.2% of the variance in quality of life from a subset of the predictor variables.


family support health living alone older people quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social WorkThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong

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