Variations in subjective well-being when 'aging in place': A matter of acceptance, predictability and control
2012 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 0890-4056, Vol. 26, no 2, 192-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 26, no 2, 192-203 p.
Subjective well-being, Aging well, Home-help recipients, Aging in place
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-172811DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2011.12.004ISI: 000301899900009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-172811DiVA: diva2:516350