Poverty, deprivation and life satisfaction among Hong Kong older persons

Chi Kin CHEUNG, Kee Lee CHOU

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This investigation examines the association of four measures of poverty (income-based, expenditure-based and asset-based poverty, and material deprivation) with life satisfaction. Perceived life satisfaction was measured among 1,410 older Chinese persons aged 65 and over. Besides life satisfaction and measures of poverty, the study assessed socio-demographic variables, financial strain, health indicators, and social and community resources. Those who faced expenditure-based poverty, material deprivation and asset-based poverty reported a significantly lower level of perceived life satisfaction, while the association between expenditure-based poverty and life satisfaction was found to be the strongest. Other factors that had an impact on life satisfaction included gender, education and marital status; financial strain; social support; the number of close family members and friends; self-rated health; functional capacity; perceived memory; pain; sleep quality; neighbourhood collective efficacy; and engagement in cultural and entertainment activities. From the theoretical perspective, the findings have strong implications for the understanding of the factors that shape the perception of quality of life in old age. Our results also have important policy implications for the official measurement of poverty, monitoring of the poverty situation and the development of anti-poverty measures to help older persons living in poverty to improve the quality of their lives. Copyright © 2017 Cambridge University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-721
JournalAgeing and Society
Issue number4
Early online dateOct 2017
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


Cheung, K. C.-K., & Chou, K.-L. (2019). Poverty, deprivation and life satisfaction among Hong Kong older persons. Ageing & Society, 39(4), 703-721. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X17001143


  • Poverty
  • Deprivation
  • Life satisfaction
  • Public policy
  • Hong Kong


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