FUNG Hoi Lam Helene 馮海嵐

Research Projects


  • Age Differences in Social Goals: Should Older Adults Be Socially Active?
  • FUNG Hoi Lam Helene, LANG Frieder*
    1 September 2003
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    The project aims at studying whether being socially active is adaptive for older adults in a collectivistic society, i.e., a society that emphasizes interpersonal relatedness. Traditional theories of aging argue that older adults with larger social networks have higher psychological well-being. Yet, our theory and research in European and North American cultures have demonstrated that older adults are quite selective in choosing their social partners. What matters to their psychological well-being is having a small social network that consists of a high proportion of emotionally close social partners. Being socially active and having social networks that are as large as those of younger adults is not necessarily adaptive for older adults. In this project, we seek to extend this line of research to Hong Kong – a collectivistic culture. In an initial study and its2-year follow-up, we will test (1) whether older adults are more likely to maintain emotionally close social partners and drop less close social partners than are younger adults; (2) whether these age differences in social network composition are positively related to the psychological well-being of the specific age groups; (3) whether the above relationships differ depending on the extent to which an individual emphasizes interpersonal relatedness. (CU03256)


  • Perceived Endings, Mortality Salience and Goal Regulation
  • FUNG Hoi Lam Helene, LANG Frieder R*
    1 January 2003
    Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme

    As we age, many reminders – such as graduations, births of children and grandchildren, deaths of age peers, and one’s own health problems – all provide gentle and not-so-gentle reminders that lifetime is – in some sense – running out. Socioemotional selectivity theory suggests that it is precisely this sense of anticipated ending that makes old age emotionally meaningful. This project will test the theory by examining what we strive for, i.e., our goals, when we are reminded of the finitude of our life. It will also study the cognitive and behavioral outcomes of these goals in an aging context. Finally, it will investigate potential cultural differences in the above relationships between Hong Kong Chinese and Germans. (SS02986)



Research Publications


  • "Age Difference in the Sixth Personality Factor: Age Differences in Interpersonal Relatedness among Canadians and Hong Kong Chinese". (co-authored with NG Siu Kei) Psychology and Aging 2006.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical BF724.55.A35P79 v.21, 2006; Available Online)



  • "Age differences in coping and emotional responses toward SARS: A longitudinal study of Hong Kong Chinese". (co-authored with YEUNG YUEN LAN DANNII) Aging & Mental Health 2007.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Age Differences in Emotional Expressivity Among Hong Kong Chinese and Its Influence on Psychological Well Being". (co-authored with KONG Yik Ching) Paper presented in the 28th International Congress of Psychology, organized by The Chinese Psychological Society, Beijing, 2004.08.



  • "Age Differences in Hong Kong Chinese's Emotional Reactions Toward the 911 Attacks on America". Paper presented in the 8th European Congress of Psychology, organized by Austrian Professional Association of Psychologists, Vienna, Austria, 2003.07.08.



  • "Age Differences in the Experience of Poignancy: A Comparison between U.S and Hong Kong". (co-authored with ZHANG XIN) annual convention of apa ed. by Hal Erners-Hershfield, Helene. Fung. San Francisco, America, 2007.08.20.



  • "Age-Related Personality among Canadians and Hong Kong Chinese: Interpersonal Relatedness as the 6th Factor". (co-authored with NG Siu Kei) 56th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America organized by Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, USA, 2003.10.



  • "Cultural Specificity of Socioemotional Selectivity: Age Differences in Social Network Composition Among Germans and Hong Kong Chinese". (co-authored with STOEBER Franziska S., YEUNG YUEN LAN DANNII and LANG Frieder R.) Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences vol.63B no.3, The Gerontological Society Of America, 2008.06. p.156-164.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Emotional Reactions from AFAR: Age Differences in Hong Kong Chinese's Emotional Reactions Towards the 9-11 Attacks. ". 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. The Gerontological Society of America Washington DC, USA, 2002.10.



  • "Gender Differences in Social Network Characteristics and Psychological Well-being among Hong Kong Chinese: The Role of Future Time Perspective and Adherence to Renqing". (co-authored with YEUNG YUEN LAN DANNII and LANG F. R.) Aging & Mental Health vol.11 no.1, 2007. p.1-12.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Hong Kong Gang Members' Social Network Composition and Psychological Well-being: Extending Socioemotional Selectivity Theory to the Study of Gang Involvement". (co-authored with LIU Carmen Ka Man) Paper presented in the Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2003, organized by Hong Kong Psychological Society, Hong Kong, 2003.06.14.



  • "Physical Activity and Psychological Well-being among Hong Kong Chinese Older Adults: Exploring the Moderating Role of Self-Construals". (co-authored with POON Y M Cecilia) Paper presented in the Hong Kong Psychological Society Annual Conference 2005. 2005.06.



  • "Physical Activity and Psychological Well-being Among Hong Kong Chinese Older Adults: Exploring the Moderating Role of Self-construal". (co-authored with POON Cecilia Y. M.) International Journal of Aging and Human Development vol.66 no.1, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc., 2008.04. p.1-19.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Poignancy Study in Hong Kong". (co-authored with ZHANG XIN and ERSNER-HERSHFIELD Hal) Paper presented in the Symposium: American-Chinese Differences in Socioemotional Aspects of Aging of the 115th Convention, American Psychological Association. San Francisco, 2007.08.



  • "Selective Preference in Attention and Memory to Emotional Information Among Hong Kong Chinese". (co-authored with LU Y., WADLINGER H. and ISAACOWITZ D.) Paper presented in the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting "The Era of Global Agiing: Challenges & Opportunities", organized by The Gerontological Society of America. CA, San Francisco, 2007.11.



  • "Social Network Characteristics Among Hong Kong Chinese". (co-authored with ZHANG, XIN and Dannii Y.L. YEUNG) Paper presented in the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting "The Era of Global Agiing: Challenges & Opportunities", organized by The Gerontological Society of America. CA, San Francisco, 2007.11.



  • "Social Network Composition and Psychological Well-being Among Hong Kong Chinese". (co-authored with YEUNG D. and LANG F.) 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America Council. United States of America, 2004.10.



  • "Social Support and Life Satisfaction Among Hong Kong Chinese Older Adults: Family First?". (co-authored with YEUNG T. Y. Gladys) European Journal of Ageing vol.4 no.4, Germany: Springer, 2007.10. p.219-227.



  • "Teacher Expectation of Higher Disciplinary Problems and Stress Among Hong Kong Secondary School Teachers". (co-authored with LEUNG Jin Pang John and FUNG Hoi Lam Helene) Educational Research Journal vol.18 no.1, Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2003. p.41-55.



  • "Testing the Postivity Effect among Hong Kong Chinese". Paper presented in the 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America, organized by The Gerontological Society of America. Texas, Dallas, 2006.10.



  • "Testing the Positivity Effect Among Hong Kong Chinese". (co-authored with LU Alice, WADLINGER Heather A. and ISAACOWITZ Derek) Paper presented in the Symposium: American-Chinese Differences in Socioemotional Aspects of Aging of the 115th Convention, American Psychological Association. San Francisco, 2007.08.



  • "What does it Mean to Grow Old as an Interdependent? Socioemotional Aging among Hong Kong Chinese". Paper presented in the The 7th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology, organized by Malaysian Psychological Association, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Asian Association of Social Psychology. 2007.07.26.



  • "When Findings Do Not Conform to the Mainstream Literature: Socioemotional Aging among Hong Kong Chinese Chair(s)". (co-authored with CHARLES S) Paper presented in the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting " The Era of Global Agiing: Challenges & Opportunities", organized by The Gerontological Society of America. CA, San Francisco, 2007.11.


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