A Study of the Relationship Between Social Support Networks and Life satisfaction of Rural Old People in Poor Mountainous Areas of Minorities
WEI PuUrban and Regional Economics Dpt.,East China Normal University,Shanghai,200062
Based on the data from the survey in the mountainous areas of minorities in Guangzhou in during Jun to Aug 2006,this paper analyzes the relationship between the size of social support networks and life satisfaction of rural old people and as well as the effects of the supports provided by different roles such as spouse,child etc.which affects their life satisfactions.It shows:(1) the average number of social network size is 8.4 persons while the average relations is 3.6.(2)Both sizes have positive influences on their life satisfaction,the bigger size,the higher life satisfaction,but the relation size is more effective.(3)The most supports are from their sons,those from neighbors next and from spouses the third.(4)Supports from sons,daughters and neighbors have positive influences on life satisfaction,but the ones from sons are most effective.