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LIFE SATISFACTION AND FACTORS RELATED TO ELDERLY CITIZENS IN BEIJING

Xiang Manjun;Wu Xiaoguang;Liu Xianghong(Beijing Gerontology Clinical and Research Center)  
Data collected in 1992 in the initial survey of the project "Beijing Multidimensional Longitudinal study on Aging" were analyzed. 2543 cases of elderly citisens aged 60 and over living in rural and urban areas of Beijing were interviewed on satifaction to 8 aspects of life,namely,marriage,parentchild relationship, general life, health,finance,housing,recreation and medical care.A global life satisfaction was calculated by averaging the scores.The results demonstrated that both global and satisfaction in 8 aspects of life were rather high. By multiple regression analysis it was shown that 17 factors were correlated to global life satisfaction significantly.The factors ranked in the first 5 orders were:self-rated health, family harmony,adequateness in economic need, morale and educational level.
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