Coexisting disadvantages across the adult age span: A comparison of older and younger age groups in the Swedish welfare state
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 22, no 2, 130-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Heap J, Lennartsson C, Thorslund M. Coexisting disadvantages across the adult age span: a comparison of older and younger age groups in the Swedish welfare state To experience coexisting disadvantages the simultaneous lack of several different welfare resources implies a hampered ability to manage one's living conditions. Here, we study coexisting disadvantages in the oldest population compared with younger age groups in Sweden, by drawing on two linked, nationally representative surveys (n = 5,392). The measurement of coexisting disadvantages included physical health, psychological health, frequency of social contact, cash margin and political resources. The highest odds of coexisting disadvantages were found after age 75 age groups that are frequently excluded from studies of coexisting disadvantages. This pattern persisted when controlling for socio-demographic and socio-economic characteristics. The age pattern was partly driven by the high prevalence of physical health problems in the older population. However, even when excluding physical health problems, the odds of coexisting disadvantages were highest among people older than 85 the fastest-growing segment of the population in many Western countries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 22, no 2, 130-140 p.
coexisting disadvantages, deprivation, welfare resources, oldest old, age span, age differences, Sweden
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88999DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2012.00886.xISI: 000315692800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88999DiVA: diva2:615265