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European older adults’ suicide and well-being in the context of welfare state and family: Revisiting relevant theories

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Jing Wu
Publicerad i Injury Medicine(Electronic Edition)
Volym 6
Nummer/häfte 4
Sidor 62-66
ISSN 2095-1566
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap
Sidor 62-66
Språk zh
Länkar academic.hep.com.cn/im/CN/2095-1566...
Ämnesord welfare state; family; suicide; well-being; older adults; Europe
Ämneskategorier Sociologi, Gerontologi, medicinsk/hälsovetenskaplig inriktning, Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi

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Objective This article explored older adults’ suicide and well-being in the context of welfare state and family, and revisited relevant theories. Methods European countries studied were divided based on their socio-political and welfare organization. The intergenerational family solidarity model was used. The analyses used the data from the database of European Commission funded project ‘European Alliance against Depression’ (EAAD), the World Health Organization (WHO) European Mortality Database (EMDB), European Social Survey (ESS) database, Eurostat database, and the database of the study ‘Value of Children and Intergenerational Relations Cross-Cultural Study’ (VOC). Results Across the European countries studied, suicide rates of older adults had inverse relationship with subjective well-being (e.g. correlation coefficient between suicide rates and subjective general health -0.72, p<0.05; life satisfaction -0.51, p<0.05). Welfare states exert influence on subjective well-being, and thus may lead to variations in risk of suicide at the individual level. Intergenerational relationships in families play an important role in the life satisfaction of older adults. Conclusions The mixed responsibility of welfare state and family towards older adults’ suicide and well-being could be the focus of future ageing research. Social and cultural perspectives in this respect could be further taken into consideration.

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