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The Effect of Social Communication on Life Satisfaction among the Rural Elderly: A Moderated Mediation Model

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College of Business, Yantai Nanshan University, Yantai 265713, China
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School of Economics and Management, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 3791; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203791
Received: 25 August 2019 / Revised: 3 October 2019 / Accepted: 4 October 2019 / Published: 9 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health Psychology)
Life satisfaction of the rural elderly has increasingly become an important issue for society. Based on the social support theory and Cha Xu Ge Ju (pattern of difference sequence), this study investigates the underlying mechanisms and boundary conditions that explain the relationship between social communication and life satisfaction among the rural elderly. Specifically, it explores the mediating role of psychological well-being in the relationship between social communication and life satisfaction. In addition, it examines whether emotional support moderates the effect of social communication on psychological well-being. Data from 658 rural elderly in China were analyzed using structural equation modeling. Results show that psychological well-being mediates the relationship between social communication and life satisfaction. Additionally, the relationship between social communication on psychological well-being was negatively moderated by emotional support. Finally, implications for management theory and practice are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural elderly; life satisfaction; social communication; psychological well-being; emotional support rural elderly; life satisfaction; social communication; psychological well-being; emotional support
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Chen, Y.; Yang, C.; Feng, S. The Effect of Social Communication on Life Satisfaction among the Rural Elderly: A Moderated Mediation Model. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3791.

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