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‘What’s marital status got to do with it?’: gender inequalities in economic resources, health and functional abilities among older adults

Carin Lennartsson and Olle Lundberg

in Health inequalities and welfare resources

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347589
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302483 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347589.003.0009
‘What’s marital status got to do with it?’: gender inequalities in economic resources, health and functional abilities among older adults

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This chapter aims to investigate whether present marital relationship and variation in lifetime resources contribute to economic and health inequalities between older men and older women. It studies how economic resources, health problems, and the functional consequences of health problems vary between men and women according to marital status. It analyses the extent to which differences in economic resources contribute to gender and marital status differences in health and functional ability.

Keywords: marital relationship; lifetime resources; health inequalities; health problems; marital status

Chapter.  8682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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