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    S'gaw youth at Mowakee Chaingmai

    Less savings. Much to share.

    S'gaw's proverb
    Mowakee Chaingmai

    Salak Yom Festival
    Pratupha Temple

    Sea as Home of Urak Lawoi, Moken, Moklen

    Rawai beach Phuket Thailand


    Computer class of S'gaw students
    Mae La Noi , Maehongson

    Khaw Rai (Rice)
    produced from rotational farming
    Li Wo, Kanchanaburi


    S'gaw woman at Hin Lad Nai village

    Fermented Beans

    Important ingredient of Tai


    Phlong(Pwo) woman

    Li Wo village

    Boon Khaw Mai rite

    Phlong at Li Wo


    Little Prince of Tai

    Ordination in Summer of Tai boys


    Boys are ordained as novice monks

     Poi Sang Long is the tradition of the Tai. 

    Be novice monk to learn Buddhism


    Tai-art  mural painting of  Buddha 
    at Wat Chong Kam Chong Klang
    Maehongson Thailand

    Wat Chong-Kam, Chong Klang

    Hmong childs at Ban Kewkarn
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    Smile in problems
    Urak  Lawai at Rawai Phuket
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Subject Buddhist Thai, Muslim, health, the elderly, Ranong
Author Nathaphong Anuwatyanyong
Title Comparison of health-related social support between Thai Buddhist and Thai Muslim elderly in upper Southern Thailand.
Document Type Thesis Original Language of Text -
Ethnic Identity - Language and Linguistic Affiliations Not specified.
Location of
SirindhornAnthropology CenterLibrary Total Pages 139 Year 1997
Source Master of Arts Program in Medical Social Science and Public Health, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University

The study area was conducted in Kapor district in Ranong province by interviewing 232 Buddhist Thais and 120 Muslim Thais aged over 60 years. The data were analyzed statistically and the results were compared between the two groups of the elderly from the different religious backgrounds. The results were divided into three parts: demographic characteristics and well being, a structural comparison of the health-oriented social support network, and a comparison of functional social support on health based on the perceptions of the elderly. The study findings revealed that different religious beliefs did not affect health-based social supports despite different practical principles and methods, because both religions teach younger generations to treat the elderly in the same way. Statistically significant social networks of the elderly were as follows. The size of social networks of the Muslim elderly was larger than that of the Buddhist elderly. Family and relative networks of the groups received more support from their female children than from their male children. Children living in other provinces of the Buddhist elderly came to visit them more often than those of the Muslim counterparts. Finally, the elderly received social support from neighbors who were younger or of the same age and had similar family status to the elderly. 

Text Analyst Phatharawan Phongsil Date of Report May 27, 2019
TAG Buddhist Thai, Muslim, health, the elderly, Ranong, Translator -


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