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Civic Engagement Among Older Chinese Internet Users. Kimberly Sazaki michael Nguyen Gail Francis Carmen Harrison. Definition: Connection and participation. Social and Civic Engagement. Better health Increased sense of worth Generativity through engagement

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definition connection and participation
Definition:

Connection and participation

Social and Civic Engagement

social civic engagement promotes

Better health

  • Increased sense of worth
  • Generativity through engagement
  • Decreased Loneliness /Isolation
Social/Civic engagement promotes:
social civic engagement promotes1

Social networks, support

  • Physical and Cognitive Activity
  • Regular structured activities
Social/Civic engagement promotes:
research site

The OldKids of Shanghai, China

Learned and taught by older adults.

Classes usually lead to social clubs

Shanghai statistics

Research site
participants

33 members of one OldKids class

All 33 members were retired

Not random, but voluntary self-selection

Participants
procedure and analysis

2 Separate Interviews Conducted.

Topics were varied.

Questions were altered as a result.

Data analysis based on grounded theory.

Procedure and Analysis
results1

Feeding the “Volunteer Machine”

Strong need to help others.

Active participation with others.

Results
social clubs formed

Initially, clubs were extensions of classroom.

Became extensions of the neighborhood

Organization increased participation.

Interaction with government officials

Social clubs formed
effects of older chinese s civic engagement

Starting & managing computer salons

  • Lobbying for resources to establish salons
  • Dramatic growth of Internet adoption in China
  • Led to better online information sharing & interaction
Effects of Older Chinese’s Civic Engagement
internet the government
Internet & The Government

Political Participation

Civic Engagement

significance of the study

Historical & Political Context

  • Inclusion of “computer clubs” as a form of civil engagement
Significance of the Study
this study

Limited to internet users in Shanghai

  • Future studies should include:
  • Less urbanized areas
  • Civic engagement not related to the internet
This Study
our suggestions for future research

Include other nations

  • Focus on the type of civic engagement
  • How to market this type of activity
  • How to get seniors involved
Our suggestions for future research:
implications for the future

Future social engagement of seniors

  • Give seniors a chance to expand their horizons
  • Facilitating to lower income bracket
Implications for the future:
references

Bo, X. (2008). Civic Engagement Among Older Chinese Internet Users. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Retrieved May 2, 2010 from http://jag.sagepub.com.mcc1.library.csulb.edu/cgi/reprint/27/4/424ntology, 27(4), 424-445.

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