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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Older Adults in China

Older Adults in China

(p.953) 89 Older Adults in China
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Iris Chi

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of social work in China, presenting both a historical and a political context for the tremendous aging of the world's most populous nation that is simultaneously experiencing rapid economic development. Gerontological social work is urgently needed in China and other Chinese societies, and social workers should practice in a variety of settings along the aging wellness and long-term care continuum in order to make an impact on these rapidly aging societies. The role of social worker in these settings is often unique because social work's primary focus is the psychosocial well-being of elders and their families, which are directly related among older Chinese adults. Social workers should review their own attitudes toward social norms, including family and filial piety, sharpen their skills in family work, and increase their knowledge of indigenous evidence-based interventions.

Keywords:   aging, elderly, China, social work practice, gerontological social work

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