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Gender differences of social interactions and their effects on subjective well-being among Japanese elders.

Authors
  • Okabayashi, Hideki
  • Hougham, Gavin W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Aging & Mental Health
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Volume
18
Issue
1
Pages
59–71
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2013.788997
PMID: 23614456
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There are modest gender differences of the impact of social interactions on the well-being of Japanese elders, and the number of children seems to be more important as potential sources of support for female rather than male elders. Spousal conversation and non-obligatory social interaction such as unpaid social activities and friendship seem to be important for both male and female elders in Japan. These findings suggest that social relations among Japanese elders may be moving away from more gender dependent patterns seen in the past.

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