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Trends in social exclusion among older women and men in Sweden
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7685-3216
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8795-7555
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background: Social exclusion is a framework for understanding the complexity of disadvantage across various domains of life such as material resources, social relations, civic activities and services. Reviews have identified a lack of gender perspective in social exclusion research. This paper will introduce the framework of social exclusion, and examine trends over time in the levels of social exclusion across different life domains for older women and men in Sweden.

Methods: Data on indicators of social exclusion were analysed from respondents aged 76+ years who participated in the 1992, 2002 and 2011 waves of the nationally representative Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old (SWEOLD).

Results: There was evidence of a gender different in exclusion from material resources and civic activities, from which women were more often excluded than men. Regardless of gender there were improvements in access to material resources, such as owning a house/apartment.  Social contacts (visiting or being visited by friends) decreased over time, while engagement in cultural activities and going to restaurants increased.

Conclusions: Trends in social exclusion in older adults over the last 20 years are dependent on the domain considered. Over a range of indicators, older women were more vulnerable to exclusion than men, which needs to be taken into account in policy to combat exclusion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
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Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare, Att leva i samhällets utkant: Social exkludering bland äldre kvinnor och män i Sverige
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-28356OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-28356DiVA, id: diva2:1240236
Conference
24th Nordic Congress in Gerontology, Oslo 2-4 Maj 2018
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2017-00668Available from: 2018-08-20 Created: 2018-08-20 Last updated: 2018-08-21Bibliographically approved

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