Housing tenure and early retirement for health reasons in Sweden
2006 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 34, no 5, 472-479 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims: To assess the association between housing tenure and early retirement for health reasons in Sweden with a view to psychosocial vs. material values of home ownership. Methods: The data come from linked registers that cover all people resident in Sweden during 1990-2000. The study population consists of 449,233 people aged 40-63 years in 1997. Of these, 19,350 retired early for health reasons in 1998-99. The remaining 429,883 continued their employment without extended sick leave or income decline. None moved during 1990-2000. We calculated the odds of early retirement for four forms of juridical relationship to one's housing ( private owner; part owner in a cooperative; private rental; rental from a public housing company), for men and women separately, controlling for age, education, employment income, household disposable income, region, foreign birth, and housing type. Results: Men in cooperative ownership had lower odds of early retirement than those in the three other tenure forms, for which the odds were similar. Among women, public and private renters had similar odds of early retirement, which were higher than those of women in private or cooperative ownership. For both genders, inclusion of housing type in the model after housing tenure explained little additional variance. Conclusions: The odds of early retirement for health reasons varied across different housing tenure forms in Sweden in 1998-99. The pattern of associations differed as a function of gender. Home ownership appears to involve health resources independent of basic sociophysical factors captured with differences in housing type.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 34, no 5, 472-479 p.
early retirement, housing tenure, psychosocial factors, psychosocial work environment, socioeconomic position
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-20758DOI: 10.1080/14034940600554727ISI: 000240664000005PubMedID: 16990158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-20758DiVA: diva2:48531