Do Socioeconomic Effects on Health Diminish with Age? A Singapore Case Study

Jatrana, Santosh, and Chan, Angelique (2007) Do Socioeconomic Effects on Health Diminish with Age? A Singapore Case Study. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 22 (3). pp. 287-301.

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This paper examines the effects of socioeconomic characteristics on older adult health and investigates whether these socioeconomic effects carry through from the young-old to the oldest-old ages among Singaporean adults. Previous research shows little consensus over whether the impact of socioeconomic factors on health diminish with age. The variation in these results may be due to different definitions of socio-economic status, or the use of different health indicators. We use a comprehensive set of socioeconomic indicators (income, education level, homeownership, asset possession, and perceived income adequacy) to predict three health outcomes; poor self-assessed health, the presence of chronic illness, and functional disability. We find that while socioeconomic differentials in health status exist, the associations are not as consistent, nor as strong, as those reported for Western settings. Health inequalities related with socioeconomic status decline slightly but do not disappear with old age in Singapore.

Item ID: 71038
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-0719
Copyright Information: ©Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 07:59
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420606 Social determinants of health @ 80%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420210 Social epidemiology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society @ 60%
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200204 Health inequalities @ 20%
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200407 Health status (incl. wellbeing) @ 20%
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