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Inequalities in old age
 — an examination of age, sex and class differences in a sample of community elderly
Author(s)Rex Taylor, Graeme Ford
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 3, part 2, July 1983
Pagespp 183-208
KeywordsYoung elderly ; Over 70s ; Social characteristics [elderly] ; Sexual equality.
AnnotationDistribution of personal resources - financial, social, health and psychological - between age cohorts, sex groups and social classes are studied in a random sample of community elderly. as expected, the young elderly, males and those from middle-class backgrounds have a disproportionate share of three out of four of these resources, but for social support the balance of advantage is reversed. When age, sex and class are combined to yield eight subgroups, younger working class males consistently rank high on all resources and older working class females consistently rank low. Older middles class females rank low on all resources other than on close friends. All groups experience a loss of nearly all resources over time, but the size of the loss varies by sex and class. The decline in health and functioning is particularly marked and provides evidence for the erosion of earlier middle-class advantage - especially among females. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-930624173 A
ClassmarkBBA: BBK: F: TM8

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