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Ergonomics. 2014;57(5):635-52. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2014.895855. Epub 2014 Mar 24.

Gerontechnology acceptance by elderly Hong Kong Chinese: a senior technology acceptance model (STAM).

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a Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management , City University of Hong Kong , Kowloon , Hong Kong.


The purpose of this study was to develop and test a senior technology acceptance model (STAM) aimed at understanding the acceptance of gerontechnology by older Hong Kong Chinese people. The proposed STAM extended previous technology acceptance models and theories by adding age-related health and ability characteristics of older people. The proposed STAM was empirically tested using a cross-sectional questionnaire survey with a sample of 1012 seniors aged 55 and over in Hong Kong. The result showed that STAM was strongly supported and could explain 68% of the variance in the use of gerontechnology. For older Hong Kong Chinese, individual attributes, which include age, gender, education, gerontechnology self-efficacy and anxiety, and health and ability characteristics, as well as facilitating conditions explicitly and directly affected technology acceptance. These were better predictors of gerontechnology usage behaviour (UB) than the conventionally used attitudinal factors (usefulness and ease of use).


Hong Kong Chinese; facilitating conditions; gerontechnology; health and ability characteristics; senior technology acceptance model

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