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›› 2009, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (04): 759-765.

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Social Functioning and Subjective Well-being in the Elderly

LI Hai-;CHEN Tian-Yong   

  1. Center on Psychological Aging, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2008-12-18 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2009-07-15 Published:2009-07-15
  • Contact: CHEN Tian-Yong

Abstract: Social functioning in the elderly is the essential element of health aging. This article reviews the definition and evaluation of social functioning, social functioning theories related to subjective well-being, and influences on subjective well-being affected by social functioning. In the guidance of negative and positive aging viewpoints, there existed two research trends in this field: the former excessively emphasized on social support, pursued the hedonia well-being, while the latter paid attention on social participation, sought for the eudaimonia well-being. Taking positive aging as guiding point of view, further researches should emphasize on active social participation and eudaimonia well-being, and carry out related intervention programs as well.

Key words: elderly, social functioning, health, subjective well-being, social support, social participation