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The social life and attitudes of 80 year olds in Iceland and Sweden - A comparison of two city populations

Samuelsson, Gillis LU ; Svensson, Torbjörn LU and Jónsson, J E (2005) In Hallym International Journal of Aging 7(1). p.1-14
Abstract
The 80+ Studies are collecting longitudinal data regarding medical, psychological, and sociological aspects of 80-year-old people in Lund, Sweden and Reykjavik, Iceland. Methods and Samples: The research design and instruments were identical at the two cites. The number of participants was 139 and 151 respectively. Results: The Icelandic sample had a lower level of educational attainment, a higher ratio with working class back-ground, a higher retirement age, a higher level of single living participants, and more often received home health care. They also had fewer close friends, provided a lower level of support to their children, and, to a lower extent, thought their income met their needs. The Swedish participants reported a higher... (More)
The 80+ Studies are collecting longitudinal data regarding medical, psychological, and sociological aspects of 80-year-old people in Lund, Sweden and Reykjavik, Iceland. Methods and Samples: The research design and instruments were identical at the two cites. The number of participants was 139 and 151 respectively. Results: The Icelandic sample had a lower level of educational attainment, a higher ratio with working class back-ground, a higher retirement age, a higher level of single living participants, and more often received home health care. They also had fewer close friends, provided a lower level of support to their children, and, to a lower extent, thought their income met their needs. The Swedish participants reported a higher divorce rate, a lower number of children, siblings, and grandchildren, a higher level of satisfaction with family contacts, and a higher level of loneliness. Summary: Many significant differences concerning demographic and social network variables were found between the two samples. Possible macro-social and cultural explanations of the differences are discussed. (Less)
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cross-national, social life, social network, old old, support
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Hallym International Journal of Aging
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  author       = {Samuelsson, Gillis and Svensson, Torbjörn and Jónsson, J E},
  issn         = {1535-6523},
  keyword      = {cross-national,social life,social network,old old,support},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {1--14},
  publisher    = {Baywood Publishing Company},
  series       = {Hallym International Journal of Aging},
  title        = {The social life and attitudes of 80 year olds in Iceland and Sweden - A comparison of two city populations},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2005},
}