Psychology and aging in the land of the panda

Hoi Lam Helene FUNG, Sheung-Tak CHENG

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Psychology and aging is a relatively large field of academic study. It describes and examines developmental changes in the second half of life in areas ranging from physiology, cognition, and emotion to personality and social relationships. This article presents a discussion on how aging in Chinese societies may be different from that in the West, viz. North American and Western European societies. It also reviews the literature on psychology and aging in Chinese societies, mostly Hong Kong, but also Macau, Taiwan, and mainland China. It provides empirical findings on age differences in self and other perceptions, interpersonal relationships, and cognition, as well as culture-specific constructs such as filial piety and renqing (relationship orientation). Besides providing background information on population aging in Asia, and China in particular, it also highlights the specific opportunities and challenges that population aging presents to Chinese societies, relative to their Western counterparts. Copyright © 2010 Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of Chinese psychology
EditorsMichael Harris BOND
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199541850, 019954185X, 9780191743542
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Fung, H. H., & Cheng, S.-T. (2010) Psychology and aging in the land of the panda. In M. H. Bond (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of Chinese psychology (pp. 309-327). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


  • Aging
  • Age differences
  • Filial piety
  • Population aging
  • Chinese societies


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