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Social Capital and Self-Rated Health among Older Adults in China: A Multilevel Analysis
This study examined the association between social capital, at both the individual- and
community-level, and self-rated health among older adults in China. Using data from the 2008
Pilot Survey of China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, a series of multilevel logistic
models were estimated in SAS 9.2. The association between social capital and self-rated health
was examined among 996 adults aged 45 or older from two provinces in China, while controlling
for demographic characteristics and socioeconomic variables. Our results suggest the significant
association between social capital, at both the individual- and community-level, and self-rated
health. The individual-level social capital in the form of perceived help in the future and the
social capital of community in the form of the availability of amenities and association within the
community were significantly related to self-rated health. A significant cross-level interaction
effect between individual- and community-level social capital was also observed.
Key Words: Individual social capital; community social capital; multilevel logistic modeling;
2008 Pilot Survey of China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.
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Shen, Yuying; Yeatts, Dale E., 1952-; Cai, Tianji; Yang, Philip Q. & Cready, Cynthia M. Social Capital and Self-Rated Health among Older Adults in China: A Multilevel Analysis, article, October 7, 2013; [Thousand Oaks, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc271490/m1/1/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.