Gender differences in general mental health, smoking, drinking and chronic diseases in older adults in Jilin province, China

Shibin Wang, Gabor S. Ungvari, Brent P. Forester, Helen F K Chiu, Yanhua Wu, Changgui Kou, Yingli Fu, Yue Qi, Yawen Liu, Yuchun Tao, Yaqin Yu, Bo Li, Yu-Tao Xiang

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    9 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    There is little information on gender differences in general mental health, smoking, drinking and chronic diseases in Chinese elderly. We examined the gender differences in general mental health, smoking, drinking and a number of chronic diseases in a large Chinese old population. Multistage stratified cluster sampling was used in this cross-sectional study. A total of 4115 people (2198 women; 1917 men) aged between 60 and 79 years were included and their general mental health, smoking, drinking and chronic diseases were recorded with standardized assessment tools. Multivariate analyses revealed that women were less likely to be current smokers and frequent drinkers, but had higher prevalence of poor mental health compared with their male counterparts. In addition, the prevalence rate of chronic diseases and multi-morbidities were higher in women than that in men (both p values <0.05). Health professionals and policy makers need to pay special attention to the common chronic diseases and poor mental health in older women and higher prevalence of smoking and drinking in men.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)58-62
    Number of pages5
    JournalPsychiatry Research
    Volume251
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Gender differences in general mental health, smoking, drinking and chronic diseases in older adults in Jilin province, China'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this