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Client satisfaction with home care services in rural Russia

Authors:
STRUYK Raymond, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 18(1), 2006, pp.87-105.
Publisher:
Routledge
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This study explores the satisfaction of a sample of 300 frail elders living in a rural Russian area with the support services provided by social service agency staff. The client population lives in extremely difficult conditions in terms of housing and associated communal services. They reported very high levels of satisfaction with the agency-provided services, both general satisfaction and their satisfaction with the specific services received during the reference visit inquired about by the interviewer. The degree of satisfaction is likely related to the difficulty of their living environment and their probable poverty, as well as the quality of services received. Attempts to relate the variance in the satisfaction ratings to the extent of activity limitations and the volume of formal and informal care using multivariate analysis met with limited success, owing in part, at least, to the limited variance in the dependent variables. Nevertheless, the patterns identified are broadly consistent with expectations based on modelling previously done for the U.S. populations receiving at-home care. The results clearly indicate the value of providing such services to frail elders in such circumstances.

Journal article

Spotlight on elder abuse as reported by the Russian mass media

Author:
PUCHKOV Pavel
Journal article citation:
Journal of Adult Protection, 13(1), February 2011, pp.27-35.
Publisher:
Emerald

This paper analyses the phenomenon of elder abuse in Russia using information gathered from Russian newspapers. The data were gathered through a review of the four local and national periodical newspapers over a 10-year period from 1998 to 2008. The articles were subjected to in-depth content. The overall study purpose was to determine the facts on the current situation of elder abuse in families in Russia. Six hundred and forty six articles were found relating to elder abuse, representing just 9.5% of reported crime, with crimes including physical abuse, theft, rape, murder and threats. Almost all cases of crime were perpetrated in the home, usually by someone who was known. Overall, the number of crimes reported in newspapers was small compared to other crimes, and abuse by family members was rarely mentioned. The author concludes that the reporting in mass media is effectively pushing gerontological issues towards the periphery of social problems, a problem that needs redressing.

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Women take the lead

Author:
BOIKO Olga
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 4.12.03, 2003, p.41.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at how the erosion of government social welfare provision for older people in Russia has led to a greater dependence upon the voluntary sector to provide information and support. Reports on the work of the Women's League Initiative which set up two projects to provide advocacy for older people.

Journal article

Associations between quality of relationships and life satisfaction of older mothers in Estonia, Germany, Russia and China

Authors:
WU Jing, et al
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 36(6), 2016, pp.1272-1294.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

The aim of the current study is to examine the associations between the quality of relationships and life satisfaction of older mothers in Estonia, Germany, Russia and the People's Republic of China, based on the assumptions of the Family Change Theory. The role of satisfaction with family life as the probable mediating factor is considered. Estonian older mothers reported the least admiration and intimacy in their relationships with their adult daughters, and the least satisfaction with family life compared to German, Russian and Chinese mothers. German older mothers perceived the most admiration from their adult daughters and were the most satisfied with both their family and general life. Russian older mothers were the least satisfied with their general life compared to their counterparts in Estonia, Germany and China. The results from the Structural Equation Modelling showed that the relationship between satisfaction with family life and general life satisfaction was statistically significant in all countries except Russia. The satisfaction with family life as a mediating factor might strengthen the positive and negative aspects of intergenerational relationships on the life satisfaction of older mothers. The findings indicated that the emotional closeness and intergenerational relationships in families during the process of transition and globalisation play an important role in the life satisfaction of older mothers in these four countries. (Publisher abstract)

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Ageing societies: challenges and opportunities: evidence from the BUPA health pulse 2010 international healthcare survey

Authors:
FERNANDEZ Jose-Luis, FORDER Julien
Publisher:
Bupa
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
27p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This report presents the findings of the Bupa Health Pulse 2010 international healthcare survey around the theme of 'ageing societies'. It summarises some of the most important evidence about the ageing process across the world, and discusses some of the key policy challenges that ageing presents, looking particularly at the capacity for societies to provide high quality support for their older people in the future. The study surveyed 12,262 people across 12 countries (Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, UK, USA), but the patterns described are common to a much larger number of countries. The report is structured around 3 parts. The first examines the question of the ageing process in different societies and what it means in terms of: increases in the older population; changes in the balance between young and old; and increases in the number of people with health problems and in the level of demand for care services. The second part examines the support system required to look after older people in need of care including: the sharing of caring and funding responsibilities between the state and private individuals; the need to ensure that resources are in place to look after the growing number of older people; and the levels of support provided to older people in need. The last section summarises the key policy implications.

Book

Management, social work and change

Editors:
HARLOW Elisabeth, LAWLER John
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
208p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Contains papers on: transitions in welfare provision from Beveridge to best value; the rise of managerialism in social work; managing change in services for older people; changing women's work; equalling the opportunity of a management career; social work in a global context; managing the development of social work in Russia; social work management in Finland; and social work management in Hong Kong.

Journal article

Older people in Russia's transitional society: multiple deprivation and coping responses

Authors:
TCHERNINA Natalia V., TCHERNIN Efim A.
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 22(5), September 2002, pp.543-562.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Given the absence of formal or institutional support, older people in Russia have had to develop pragmatic coping mechanisms, most commonly based on informal social networks and diverse income-generating activities, including barter and exchange in the informal 'grey' and 'black' economies. The household budgets of many pensioners increasingly rely upon their ability to raise income through their labour and the exchange of goods, and the time that they devote to these productive activities is increasing sharply. In comparison with other age groups, older people in Russia own many private apartments, garages, and garden or allotment plots, and they are important factors in the generation of income. These assets are used first and foremost to avert poverty and degradation, and more generally to support the immediate and extended family.

Journal article

Old Russian immigrants to the USA

Authors:
FITZPATRICK Tanya R., FREED Anne O.
Journal article citation:
International Social Work, 43(3), July 2000, pp.305-323.
Publisher:
Sage

Stress as a result of immigration has contributed to physical illness and intergenerational conflicts among elderly Jewish Russian immigrants. Most speak only Russian and suffer from disabilities, isolation and lack of understanding of US health services. The authors explore the psychological and social factors affecting their use of health services, and address implications for social workers and health care professionals, concluding that the educational process needs to be directed to immigrants when they are first introduced to US health and social institutions.

Book

Social policy review 12

Editors:
DEAN Hartley, SKYES Robert, WOODS Roberta
Publisher:
Social Policy Association
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
372p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Collection of essays on social policy with sections on: rethinking policy in the welfare-to-work state; substantive policy developments in the UK; and social exclusion in a global context.

Book

Petersburg in the early 90's: crazy, cold, cruel.

Author:
CHARITABLE FOUNDATION NOCHLEZHKA
Publisher:
Charitable Foundation Nochlezhka
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
255p.
Place of publication:
St. Petersburg

Articles on the social changes taking place in St. Petersburg, after the euphoria of perestroika had evaporated. Social problems looked at include: homelessness, unemployment, homeless children living on the streets, crime, and poverty. Places these issues in the context of the ineffectiveness of state social policy and the role social work could play in alleviating these problems.

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