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Five years from now: Correlates of older people’s expectation of future quality of life
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8795-7555
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies. (Dalacampus)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3140-7378
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work. Karolinska Institutet/Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7685-3216
2015 (English)In: Research on Aging, ISSN 0164-0275, E-ISSN 1552-7573, Vol. 37, no 1, 18-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Few studies have explored older people’s expected future quality of life (QoL), despite evidence that perceptions of one’s future influence healthy ageing. Research on this topic should embrace a range of potential influences, including perceptions of one’s neighbourhood and region. This study examined expected QoL in a random sample of the population of Dalarna, a Swedish region. A self-completion questionnaire assessed demographic characteristics, current neighbourhood and regional evaluations, self-evaluations, expectations for the future, and current and expected QoL. In total, 786 people aged ≥ 65 years participated. A sequential multiple regression model explained 44% of the variance in older people’s expected QoL, with self-reported health (sr2=.03), Expected Regional Opportunity (sr2=.03), and Perceived Regional Status (sr2=.02) having the strongest associations with expected QoL. Research on the importance of one’s neighbourhood to QoL in older people should encompass people’s perceptions of their region, to better inform social policy for healthy ageing.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 37, no 1, 18-40 p.
Keyword [en]
Older people; quality of life; expected quality of life; social influence, place attachment; neighborhood context
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Applied Psychology
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Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13778DOI: 10.1177/0164027513520329ISI: 000346059100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13778DiVA: diva2:694848
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Finansiering: The Regional Development Council of Dalarna County

Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-02-07 Last updated: 2015-12-10Bibliographically approved

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