Social exchanges and subjective well-being: Do sources of positive and negative exchanges matter?

Sheung-Tak CHENG, Kin Kit Ben LI, Edward M. F. LEUNG, C. M. Alfred CHAN

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

35 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Objectives. To decompose the effects of positive and negative social exchanges on well-being in terms of relationship type (vertically extended family, horizontally extended family, or nonfamily) and subjective closeness (close vs. peripheral). Methods. One thousand and five Chinese older adults rated each network member on positive and negative exchanges, which were aggregated for each relationship type and closeness category. Regression analyses estimated the influences of positive and negative exchanges on well-being, controlling for network size, health, and demographic factors. Results. Social exchanges with close and peripheral vertical family members as well as close horizontal family members were associated with well-being, whereas exchanges with nonkin did not contribute independent effects. These results were similar for both positive and negative exchanges. Discussion. Well-being is determined not just by social exchanges but also by where they come from. In this regard, the vertical family, the horizontal family, and the nonfamily represent a hierarchy of preference for Chinese older adults, which, to some extent, reflects the influence of familism. Copyright © 2011 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708–718
JournalThe Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Fingerprint

Regression Analysis
Demography
Health

Citation

Cheng, S.-T., Li, K.-K., Leung, E. M. F., & Chan, A. C. M. (2011). Social exchanges and subjective well-being: Do sources of positive and negative exchanges matter? The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66(6), 708–718.

Keywords

  • Chinese older adults
  • Kinship
  • Negative exchanges
  • Positive exchanges
  • Social network
  • Subjective well-being