Physical and mental health of home care elders, depression and suicide in older persons, family caregiving, intergeneration relationships, social support, cross-cultural gerontology.
|Associate Professor Lydia Li's research focuses on issues related to elder care. Her work falls into three areas: (1) dynamics of physical and mental health of home care elders; (2) stress and adaptation of family caregivers; and (3) well-being and long-term care of older adults in China. In 2002 Professor Li was named Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar. She is the advisor/coordinator of the Specialist in Aging Certificate Program at the School of Social Work University of Michigan. She is affiliated with the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Global Health and Popuation Studies Center at U-M. She has served on the executive committee of the CCS and the Social Reserach, Practice and Policy section of the Gerontogical Society of America. Professor Li teaches courses on services and programs for older adults; social work research methods; program evaluation; adulthood and aging; and human growth and development throughout the life course.|
Li, L.W., Long, Y., Essex E., Sui, Y., & Gao, L. (2012). Elderly Chinese and their family caregivers’ perceptions of good care: A qualitative study in Shandong, China. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2012.703165.
Li, L. W. & McLaughlin, S. J. (2012). Caregiver confidence: Does it predict changes in disability among elderly home care recipients? The Gerontologist, 52(1), 79-88.
Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Dunkle, R., Chadiha, L., Lawrence-Jacobson, A., Li, L. W., Weir, E., & Satorius, J. (2011). Intergenerational ambivalence: Aging mothers whose adult daughters are mentally ill. Families in Society, 92(1), 114-119.
Li, L.W. & Conwell, Y. (2010). Pain and self-injury ideation in home care elders. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 2160-2165. (PMC3058671)
McLaughlin, S. J., Connell, C. M., Heeringa, S. G., Li, L.W., & Roberts, S. (2010). Successful aging in the
Li, L. W. & Conwell, Y. (2009). Effects of changes in depressive symptoms and cognitive functioning on physical disability in home care elderly. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 64(2), 230-236. (PMC2655022)
Li, L. W., Zhang, J., & Liang, J. (2009). Health among the oldest-old in
Li, L. W. & Sui, Y. (2009). Family: Roles of the elderly. In Pong, D. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Modern
Li, L. W. & Liang, J. (2007). Social exchanges and subjective well-being among older Chinese: Does age make a difference? Psychology and Aging, 22(2), 386-391. (NIHMSID: 190662)
Li, L. W. & Rafferty, J. (2006). Policies affecting families of older adults with care needs. In Berkman, B. (Ed.). Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging (pp. 915-922).
Li, L. W. (2005). From caregiving to bereavement: Trajectories of depressive symptoms among wife and daughter caregivers. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 60(4), 190-198. (http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/65120)
Li, L. W. (2005). Longitudinal changes in the amount of informal care among publicly paid home care recipients. The Gerontologist, 45(4), 465-473.
Li, L. W. (2005). Predictors of ADL disability trajectories among low-income frail elders in the community. Research on Aging, 27(6), 615-642.
Li, L. W., & Fries, B. (2005). Elder disability as an explanation for racial differences in informal home care. The Gerontologist, 45(2), 206-215.
Li, L. W., Liang, J., Toler, A., & Gu, S. (2005). Widowhood and depressive symptoms among older Chinese: Do gender and sources of support make a difference? Social Science and Medicine, 60(3), 637-647.
Li, L. W. (2005). Trajectories of ADL disability among community-dwelling frail older persons. Research on Aging, 27(1), 56-79.
Li, L. W., & Seltzer, M. M. (2005). Relationship quality with parent, daughter role salience, and self-esteem of daughter caregivers. Marriage and Family Review, 37 (1-2), 63-82.
Li, L. W. (2004). Caregiving network compositions and use of supportive services by community-dwelling dependent elders. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 43(2/3), 147-164.
Li, L. W., & Seltzer, M. M. (2003). Parent care, intergenerational relationship quality, and mental health of adult daughters. Research on Aging, 25(5), 484-504.
Li, L. W., & Zullo, R. (2003). A functioning profile of Medicaid Waiver participants in
Robert, S. A. & Li, L. W. (2001). Age variation in the relationship between community level socioeconomic status and adult health. Research on Aging, 23(2), 233-258.
Seltzer, M. M. & Li, L. W. (2000). The dynamics of caregiving: Transitions during a three-year prospective study. The Gerontologist, 40(2), 165-178.
Li, L. W., Seltzer, M. M., & Greenberg J. S. (1999). Changes in depressive symptoms among daughter caregivers: An 18-month longitudinal study. Psychology and Aging, 14(2), 206-219.
Li, L. W., Seltzer, M. M., & Greenberg, J. S., (1997). Social support and depressive symptoms: Differential patterns in wife and daughter caregivers. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 52B(4), S200-S211.
Seltzer, M. M. & Li, L. W. (1996). The transitions of caregiving: Subjective and objective definitions. The Gerontologist, 36(5), 614-626.