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Gender and health among older people: What is the role of social policies?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0199-0435
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 236-247Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study investigated how social policies moderate the association between gender and health among older people across European countries. The study is the first to take a comprehensive view on the role of social policies in connection with gender inequality in health among older Europeans. The association between gender and poor self-rated health and limiting long-standing illness was investigated in a multilevel framework. Cross-level interaction effects showed that more generous minimum pensions, higher spending on eldercare and a higher degree of eldercare formalisation are associated with relatively better health among women, while more generous standard pensions are associated with relatively better health among men. The conclusion is that policies directed towards older people are not gender neutral; rather they are likely to affect men and women differently. By shaping the distribution of resources as well as of unpaid work, social policies can contribute to either strengthening or weakening the link between gender and health.

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2018. Vol. 27, no 3, p. 236-247
Keywords [en]
gender equality, health inequality, ageing, pension policies, eldercare
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150370DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12309ISI: 000438343500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041022506OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-150370DiVA, id: diva2:1237424
Available from: 2018-08-08 Created: 2018-08-08 Last updated: 2018-08-08Bibliographically approved

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