An Inclusive Society for All: An Experimental Study among Elders with a Disability in China*

By Honglin Chen and Wong Yu-Cheung.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The study aims to understand the life circumstances and social exclusion experienced by disabled older adults in urban Shanghai and Hong Kong. It also explores the relationship between social exclusion and quality of life.
The researcher collected questionnaire data in one Shanghai and one comparable Hong Kong community. The survey included 460 older adults from a community in Shanghai and 250 older adults from a community in Hong Kong. The Shanghai sampling was stratified, and the Hong Kong sampling was multi-step random sampling, both processes are representative.
Functional capacity and disability had a significant relationship with the quality of life of older adults. This implies that the social environment is not inclusive for disabled older adults in many ways. Neighborhood exclusion stood out as the most significant form of social exclusion.
Although disability is more and more commonly understood as an element of human diversity, the disabled are still not fully functional in society. There are still many environmental barriers and social conditions that need to be improved to achieve community inclusion. Suggestions for how to achieve an inclusive society for all and especially for disabled elderly are discussed.

Keywords: Older People, Disability, Social Exclusion, Quality of Life

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.35-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 829.521KB).

Dr. Honglin Chen

Lecturer, The Department of Social Work, Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Dr. Chen Honglin had her PhD degree in the Dept. of Social Work & Social Administration, the University of Hong Kong in September, 2009. She is now Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, School of Social Development & Public Policy, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Her research interests focuses on aging, social capital, social policy, practical social work. Her publications from 2006 onwards mainly focus on practical social work, social capital, older people, people with disability and elderly volunteering in China.

Wong Yu-Cheung

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Wong Yu-cheung, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. He is Director of Master Social Work Programme at his department. He teaches social work research, social policy, and community development at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His major research areas include digital inclusion, social security, and social impacts of urban redevelopment in Hong Kong and China. He is also active in conducting consultancy study for various government departments and local NGOs.

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