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Variations in subjective well-being when 'aging in place': A matter of acceptance, predictability and control
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 26, no 2, 192-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study is to explore how older home-help recipients regard their life situation in terms of subjective well-being. The background is that there seem to be two counteracting forces affecting the achievement of subjective well-being among home-help recipients: on one hand, both diminished everyday competence and dependence on others' help are supposed to reduce subjective well-being, and on the other hand, living in one's own home is supposed to affect subjective well-being positively. The analysis is based on qualitative interviews with 21 home-help recipients between the ages of 78 and 93. The findings indicate that the informants' expressions of subjective well-being fall into four main categories: 'well-being', 'well-being despite it all', 'well-being so far', and 'lack of well-being'. Three comprehensive core themes were identified as relevant to a deeper understanding of the informants' various expressions of well-being. These core themes are acceptance, predictability, and control. The findings point to the possibility of experiencing subjective well-being despite diminished everyday competence and dependence on help and support from others. They suggest, in short, that subjective well-being among older people who receive help and support in their everyday lives is not only related to socio-contextual factors - such as physical and mental capability, activities and/or engagement in the outside world, the spatial and social consequences of physical limitations, social and emotional relations, as well as the social support they receive - but also to how they regard and handle these matters in terms of acceptance, predictability and control.

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2012. Vol. 26, no 2, 192-203 p.
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Subjective well-being, Aging well, Home-help recipients, Aging in place
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-172811DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2011.12.004ISI: 000301899900009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-172811DiVA: diva2:516350
Available from: 2012-04-18 Created: 2012-04-16 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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