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J Med Assoc Thai. 2008 Jul;91(7):1102-8.

Family relations and health-promoting behavior among older people in Nan Province.

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  • 1Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. kattika99@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the relationships by which family networks and support influence the health-promoting behaviors among the older persons.

MATERIAL AND METHOD:

The present study was a cross-sectional survey of 469 elders aged 60 years and over living in a community in Nan Province. Samples were selected by multi-stage random sampling. Data were collected by interviewing from May to July 2007. A structural equation modeling (SEM) with the LISREL program version 8.72 was used for analysis after the effects of socio-demographic factors were controlled

RESULTS:

Family networks did not have direct influence on the elderly health-promoting behavior but had indirect influence through support and sense of well-being. Family support had a prominent influence on elderly sense of well-being, then facilitating health-promoting behavior Elderly sense of well-being had strong association with health-promoting behavior.

CONCLUSION:

Family support programs to facilitate the good interrelationship within the family should be encouraged and promoted to enhance elderly psychological well-being and health-promoting behaviors subsequently.

PMID:
18839853
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