Fear of intimacy with helping professionals and its impact on elderly Chinese

Lau, Ying, Chow, Aloysius, Chan, Sally and Wang, Wenru (2014) Fear of intimacy with helping professionals and its impact on elderly Chinese. Geriatrics and Gerontology International, 14 2: 474-480. doi:10.1111/ggi.12121

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Author Lau, Ying
Chow, Aloysius
Chan, Sally
Wang, Wenru
Title Fear of intimacy with helping professionals and its impact on elderly Chinese
Journal name Geriatrics and Gerontology International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-1586
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ggi.12121
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 474
End page 480
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: The present study aimed to investigate the attitudes of Chinese older adults toward seeking help from healthcare professionals, and its impact on their self-care ability and medication adherence.
Methods: A cross-sectional study using a questionnaire survey was carried out. A convenience sample of 301 older adults was recruited from six health centers in Macao, People's Republic of China. The Chinese versions of Fear of Intimacy with Helping Professionals (C-FIHP), Exercise of Self-care Agency (C-ESCA) and Morisky 4-Item Self-Report Measure of Medication-Taking Behavior (C-MMAS) were used to measure the study variables.
Results: Chinese older adults who were married and had comorbidity with arthritis showed significantly negative attitudes toward seeking help form healthcare professional than those who were not married (P < 0.05) and did not have arthritis (P < 0.01). There are significant negative correlations between C-FIHP with C-ESCA (P < 0.01) and C-MMAS-4 (P < 0.01). Regression analysis identified three predicative factors of fear of intimacy with helping professionals: marital status, comorbidity with arthritis and self-care agency, which accounted for 23.9% of variance.
Conclusions: The present study suggests that Chinese older adults' fear of intimacy with helping professionals impacts their perceived self-care ability and medication adherence. The three predictive factors identified in the present study might provide useful pointers for healthcare professionals to customize an effective approach to encourage and engage older adults. This might improve the self-care ability and medication adherence of older adults, which will result in a better quality of life and psychosocial well-being.
Keyword Elderly Chinese
Fear of intimacy
Helping professionals
Medication adherence
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 23 July 2013

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