Gender differences in health among older Singaporeans

Chan, Angelique, and Jatrana, Santosh (2007) Gender differences in health among older Singaporeans. International Sociology, 22 (4). pp. 463-491.

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This article examines gender differences in health status among older adults in Singapore using three measures of health status: self-reported health, the presence of chronic illness and functional disability. Most previous studies focus exclusively on women below retirement age, and are typically based on western data. Women report a higher prevalence of chronic conditions and disabilities compared to men, and assess their health more negatively than men. Less is known about gender differentials in health status among older adults in Asia. Results from multivariate logistic regressions show a significant reduction in gender differences in subjective health status when demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, health risk behaviours and social support variables are controlled for in the models. Gender differences remain, however, in the probability of reporting a chronic illness and functional disability. The policy implications of these findings are discussed, including the negative effects of marriage on older women's health.

Item ID: 71039
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0268-5809
Keywords: ageing, Asia, elderly, health, Singapore
Copyright Information: © International Sociological Association
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 08:04
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 @ 80%
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200407 Health status (incl. wellbeing) @ 20%
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