Home > Publications . Search All . Browse All . Country . Browse PSC Pubs . PSC Report Series

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Seefeldt says 'consumption smoothing' behavior makes long-term recovery more difficult for economically vulnerable

Seefeldt criticizes Kansas legislation restricting daily cash withdrawals from public assistance funds

Prescott says sex offender registries may increase recidivism by making offender re-assimilation impossible

Highlights

Elizabeth Bruch wins Robert Merton Prize for paper in analytic sociology

Elizabeth Bruch wins ASA award for paper in mathematical sociology

Spring 2015 PSC newletter available now

Formal demography workshop and conference at UC Berkeley, August 17-21

Next Brown Bag

PSC Brown Bags will be back fall 2015


Gender and Well-Being among Older People: Evidence from Thailand

Publication Abstract

Sobieszczyk, Teresa, John E. Knodel, and Napaporn Chayovan. 2003. "Gender and Well-Being among Older People: Evidence from Thailand." Ageing & Society, 23(6): 701-735.

Researchers and international organizations frequently suggest that older women are disadvantaged in comparison with older men. This analysis of census and survey data from Thailand, however, indicates a far more complex association between gender and various aspects of aging. Through an examination of various demographic, economic, psychosocial, and health variables, it is found that older Thai women do face certain disadvantages compared to their male counterparts, including lower education and literacy, far higher levels of widowhood and living alone, and a lower likelihood of receiving formal retirement benefits. Older Thai men, however, face other disadvantages, including worse survivorship, a lower likelihood of receiving money from adult children, and a greater probability of financial problems. Our analysis provides some support for a life course perspective relating gender differences in old age to differences in earlier life experiences, roles, and reward structures. Also, marital status often mediates gender differences in well-being among older Thais.

Country of focus: Thailand.

Browse | Search : All Pubs | Next