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Going It Alone in Later Life: A Comparative Analysis of Elderly Women in Sweden and Spain
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7559-2571
2019 (English)In: Journal of Family Issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481, Vol. 40, no 8, p. 1038-1064Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article compares the determinants of living alone in later life in Spain and Sweden, two countries with relatively similar levels of economic development from a global view point but different family systems and institutional contexts. With microdata coming from census (Spain) and linked administrative registers (Sweden), logistic regression techniques, including a nonlinear regression–based decomposition of differences between, are used to estimate the weight of different factors behind the residential choices of elderly women. Theoretical expectations are validated. Levels of living alone are associated with age, childlessness, marital status, and education in both populations. Population characteristics (compositions effects) explain only a small part of the differences in living alone between both countries, while behaviors (rate effects) account for the larger part of the variation. Therefore, among elderly women proximate determinants of living arrangements produce different outcomes in different sociocultural environments largely determined by existing family systems.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 40, no 8, p. 1038-1064
Keywords [en]
aging, childlessness, family systems, living alone, Spain, Sweden
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Population studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-157006DOI: 10.1177/0192513X19831334ISI: 000468939800005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062451753OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-157006DiVA, id: diva2:1293471
Available from: 2019-03-04 Created: 2019-03-04 Last updated: 2019-06-11Bibliographically approved

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