Loneliness and mistreatment of older Chinese women: Does social support matter?

Xinqi Dong*, Todd Beck, Melissa A. Simon

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The objectives of this study are to: (a) examine the association of loneliness and mistreatment of older Chinese women, and (b) examine the potential modifying effect of social support on these associations. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 141 elderly women presented to an urban medical center. After adjusting for confounders, every 1-point increase in the loneliness score was associated with 44% increased risk for mistreatment. After adding the interaction of social support (social support x loneliness), loneliness was no longer associated with increased risk for mistreatment. Loneliness is a significant risk factor for mistreatment of older Chinese women. Greater social support, particularly perceived social support, may modify loneliness as a risk factor for the mistreatment of older Chinese women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-302
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Aging
  • Chinese population
  • Effect modification
  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Elder mistreatment
  • Loneliness
  • Risk factors
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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