Core Self-evaluation, Generativity, and Religious Experiences as Predictors of Social Support Giving and Its Relation to Happiness in Thai Elderly
Keywords:Thai elderly, Core self-evaluation, Generativity, Buddhist belief and practice, Social support giving, Buddhist happiness
The older population in the 21th century usually live a longer and healthier life. This pinpoint the necessary and sufficient factors for their empowerment and sustainability. Therefore, this study aims at investigating possible antecedents of social support giving behavior of elderly and its relation to Buddhist type of happiness. A group of 395 older adults with ages range from 59 to 90 years old responded to a set of questionnaires. Multiple regression analysis reveals that having role models, Buddhist belief and practice, elderly school attendance, and generativity trait were the important predictors of social support giving behavior. Predictive power in the total sample was 39.74%, and between 33.66% to 53.82% in subgroups. In addition, social support giving behavior is related to greater Buddhist happiness, and higher core self-evaluation. Suggestions for enhancing empowerment and sustainability living of the older rural population are offered.
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