ERIC Number: ED313612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Income Adequacy and Responsibility for the Elderly in Sweden and the United States: A Comparative Analysis.
Sheppard, Harold L.; Mullins, Larry C.
This study examined the issues of income adequacy and responsibility for the care of older adults, comparing the opinions of people in the United States and Sweden concerning these issues. Results from a Swedish national sample of 1,005 telephone interviews in 1986 were compared with results from an American national sample from 1981. The findings revealed that 38% of the Swedish sample, compared to 55% of the American sample, reported that not having enough money to live on was a serious problem. For both countries, the problem appeared to deline with age. Even when Blacks and Hispanics were omitted from the American sample, proportionately more White Americans than Swedes reported not having enough money to live on. Concerning who should assume more responsibility for the care of the elderly, 13% of the Swedish sample and 23% of the American sample reported that the elderly should be doing more for themselves; 51% of Swedes and 54% of Americans believed that the government should be doing more; and 52% of Swedes and 46% of Americans felt that the children of the elderly should assume more responsibility. In the United States, the older the respondent, the lower the proportion feeling that government should be doing more; in Sweden, the older the respondent, the higher the proportion expressing that viewpoint. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Exchange Center on Gerontology, Tampa, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden; United States