Multiple disadvantages among older citizens: what a multidimensional measure of poverty can show

Callander, Emily J., Schofield, Deborah J., and Shrestha, Rupendra N. (2012) Multiple disadvantages among older citizens: what a multidimensional measure of poverty can show. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 24 (4). pp. 368-383.

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Abstract

Using the newly created Freedom Poverty Measure, a multidimensional measure of poverty, it can be seen that there were 534,700 individuals who were in freedom poverty, who had either poor health or poor education in addition to having low incomes. This multidimensional disadvantage would not normally be captured by single measures of poverty, such as income poverty measures. Men were significantly less likely to be in freedom poverty than women (OR = 0.63, 95% CI: 0.54–0.74, p < .0001), and the proportion of individuals in freedom poverty increased with age, with those older than 85 being 2.3 times more likely to be in freedom poverty than those aged 65 to 69 years (95% CI: 1.73–3.11, p < .0001). Policy responses to address the marginalization of disadvantaged older people should take a multidisciplinary approach, addressing health inequalities in particular, not just low income.

Item ID: 41343
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: capabilities, education, health, income, poverty, health economics, living standards
ISSN: 1545-0821
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 02:43
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 50%
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