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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (2) : 263-271     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00263
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Present Situation of the Empty Nest Elderly’s Mental Health and Research Commentary
LU Muxue;GUO Cheng
School of Psychology in Southwest University, Research Center for Mental Health in Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
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Abstract  As a special group of elder people, the empty nest elderly’s mental health has attracted great attention from the domestic and foreign researchers, and has gradually become a hot issue. It is found that in mental health research literature on empty nest elderly that the academic definition of empty nest elderly is not unified. Viewed from the present situation of empty nest elderly's mental health status point of view, the empty nest syndrome is the main embodiment of physical and mental symptoms, influenced by social support, gender, marital status, income and other socio-demographic factors. Although there are some achievements in the field of the research on empty nest elderly’s mental health research, some problems still remain to be solved. Future researches should focus on giving a unified definition of the empty nest elderly, improving research methods, exploring internal factors, and strengthening cross-cultural comparison and using for reference.
Keywords empty nest elderly      mental health      empty nest syndrome     
Corresponding Authors: GUO Cheng   
Issue Date: 15 February 2013
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LU Muxue,GUO Cheng. Present Situation of the Empty Nest Elderly’s Mental Health and Research Commentary[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(2): 263-271.
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