Centre for Policy on Ageing


Dependency and old age
 — theoretical accounts and practical understandings
Author(s)Tim Dant
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 8, part 2, June 1988
Pagespp 171-188
KeywordsIndependence ; Services ; Policy ; Theory.
AnnotationThe concept of dependency is involved in two strands of the literature on old age. In literature, on 'structured dependency' the concept is used to describe and criticise a relationship between elderly people and the state that is determined by social policy. In the literature on 'dependency scales' the concept is used as a basis for categorising elderly people for research, planning and service purposes. More recent commentary on the role of the concept in relation to elderly people suggests that dependency needs to be understood in a fuller way if it is to be useful in understanding the situation in contemporary society. This paper develops the idea that dependency refers to a form of relationship characterised by an unequal distribution of power. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-930525069 A
ClassmarkC3: I: QAD: 4D

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