Does gender matter?: Differences in patterns of informal support and formal services in a Swedish urban elderly population
2002 (English)In: Research on Aging, ISSN 0164-0275, E-ISSN 1552-7573, Vol. 24, no 3, 308-336 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
When facing dependency, the majority of elderly men receive care from spouses whereas elderly women more often rely on relatives or public elder care. This Swedish population-based study of persons between ages 81 and 100 concerns public elder care and informal support in relation to having a coresiding caregiver. Findings indicate that men had higher odds of receiving care when coresident and/or extraresident and/or public home help services were included, compared to women, after controlling for functional and cognitive impairment as well as self-reported need of assistance with instrumental activities of daily living. After controlling also for coresiding, the gender differences disappeared. The main distinction was found between persons living alone and persons coresiding, not between men and women. Thus, when studying use of public elder care and support from relatives or friends, it is vital to include household composition, and thereby the possibility of receiving care from a coresiding caregiver, in the analyses.
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2002. Vol. 24, no 3, 308-336 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22759DOI: 10.1177/0164027502243002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-22759DiVA: diva2:189392
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1092004-04-222004-04-222010-08-02Bibliographically approved