Conflicting Relations, Abuse and Discrimination Experienced by Older Adults

Charles Waldegrave, Marja Aartsen, Ariela Lowenstein, Marjaana Seppänen, Mia Niemi, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Giovanni Lamura

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This chapter brings together three dimensions of negative social relations as they impinge on and are experienced by older people, which have not been addressed together in previous studies. Each dimension, conflictual relationships, abuse and discrimination, is characterised by demeaning social interactions that are important to address when considering social exclusion in ageing societies. Five national studies were carried out in Norway, Finland, Israel, Italy and New Zealand. The studies in each dimension confirmed many of the findings of earlier research that have identified the negative health and social relations associations with each dimension. The three dimensions that are usually studied within their own boundaries are brought together to demonstrate the similar way each reduces the quality of life and social inclusion of older people. They function as exclusionary mechanisms in comparable ways within the social relations domain and have an important place in a conceptual framework of old-age social exclusion. While previous research has focussed on each dimension separately, this lens on the similarities and interrelationships of the three dimensions has enabled a broader understanding of exclusionary mechanisms. It also enables more comprehensive and effective policy formation, than a focus on one dimension at a time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Exclusion in Later Life : Interdisciplinary and Policy Perspectives
EditorsKieran Walsh, Thomas Scharf, Sofie van Regenmortel, Anna Wanka
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date1 Apr 2021
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-51405-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-51406-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Aging

Fields of Science

  • 5145 Social work

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