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The politics of care for elderly people in Scandinavia

Author:
JAKOBSSON Gunborg
Journal article citation:
European Journal of Social Work, 1(1), March 1998, pp.87-93.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Describes the issues currently impacting on the social welfare system in Scandinavia, especially as they affect older people.

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Responsibility for child and elderly care: who should cover the costs? A comparison of Baltic and Nordic countries

Authors:
GARCIA-FAROLDI Livia, DE MIGUEL-LUKEN Veronica, AYUSO Luis
Journal article citation:
Social Policy and Administration, 51(4), 2017, pp.638-658.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Using data from the International Social Survey Programme (2012), this study compares public attitudes towards who should cover the costs of caring for children and older people in five Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Denmark) and two Baltic ones (Latvia and Lithuania). The study found interesting differences between both groups of nations: citizens from Baltic countries consider the role of the family more important than their counterparts in Nordic countries. Results show Latvians holding the most familistic views in terms of covering costs, and Swedish people the least. Individual socio-demographic variables are less important than national contexts in explaining these attitudes. The article finds important variations among the social-democratic countries and, surprisingly, in the case of childcare, Sweden shows higher differences to Denmark than to Latvia and Lithuania. This finding suggests that the social-democratic bloc in this respect is more heterogeneous than what is generally thought. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Facing the challenges in the development of long-term care for older people in Europe in the context of an economic crisis

Authors:
DEUSDAD Blanca A., PACE Charles, ANTTONEN Anneli
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Service Research, 42(2), 2016, pp.144-150.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This article introduces the content of this special issue, which incorporates eight articles in which authors evaluate recent changes and developments in long term conditions (LTCs) for older people in European countries, most particularly from the perspective of restructuring taking place in the LTC for older people. The economic and state financial crises are the most important drivers behind widespread overall restructuring processes. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

The impact of dispositional emotional expressivity and social constraints on distress among prostrate cancer patients in Iceland

Authors:
AGUSTDOTTIR Sjofn, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Health Psychology, 15(1), February 2010, pp.51-61.
Publisher:
British Psychological Society

This report, part of a larger study, identifies individual factors that predict which Icelandic prostrate cancer patients are more likely to experience emotional distress (anxiety, depression or intrusive thoughts). Social constraints, such as unsupportive social networks, can prevent patients talking, or writing, about distress related to their illness which is generally considered to be beneficial to those who can. When individuals are displaced, in situations or locations which hamper their preferred coping styles they have poorer cardiovascular adjustment, contributing to distress. Using the Icelandic Cancer registry, 184 prostrate cancers survivors, mostly over 70 years, completed questionnaires, including measures for demographics, medical details, hospital anxiety, depression, impact of specific events, emotional expressivity and social constraints, and the data was analysed according to scales defined in the report. A significant positive relationship was observed between perceived social constraints and distress, but only among prostrate cancer survivors with higher levels of dispositional emotional expressivity. This suggests the relationship between social constraints and distress was moderated by dispositional emotional expressivity, with prostrate cancer survivors with high levels of social constraints and high dispositional emotional expressivity having the highest level of distress about their prostrate cancer. It may be important, say the authors, to assess individual differences as well as social environmental factors in the treatment of emotional distress among prostrate cancer survivors.

Book

Caring for older Europeans: comparative studies in 29 countries

Author:
GIARCHI George Giacinto
Publisher:
Arena
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
547p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Provides a reference source for various modes of care (both formal and informal) for older people throughout Europe. Each chapter follows the same format and covers: demography; socio-political and administrative background; social security and pensions; housing; health care; mental health care; residential care; personal social services; voluntary care agencies and support organisations; leisure pursuits and education; and older people in rural areas.

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