Antecedents of subjective wellbeing among older adults in Kerala

Show simple item record Irudaya Rajan, S. Devi, Anusmita Samanta, Tannistha Sunitha, S. 2017-05-09T09:38:21Z 2017-05-09T09:38:21Z 2016
dc.identifier.citation Irudaya Rajan, S.; Devi, Anusmita; Samanta, Tannistha and Sunitha, S., “Antecedents of subjective wellbeing among older adults in Kerala", in Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives in social Gerontology, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-1654-7_8, New York, US: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2016, pp. 143-158, ISBN: 978-981-10-1653-0. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9789811016530
dc.description.abstract Several attempts have been made to assess the quality of life of older people through objective measurement of various factors such as health, income, economic and social status. However, the self-perception of wellbeing has emerged as a critical axis to understand the experience of older people and their overall wellbeing. This emphasis on subjectivity and experience coincides with the cultural turn that the field of gerontology has recently encountered. This study locates the conceptual framework within this epistemological turn and uses the subjective wellbeing inventory (SUBI) from the Kerala Aging Survey 2013. The goal of this study is straightforward. First, it reviews theoretical (particularly, the “convoy model of family relations”, Antonucci in Social support: theory, research and applications. Springer, The Netherlands, pp 21–37, 1985) and empirical work from an interdisciplinary standpoint and sifts through diverse cultural contexts to highlight the complex interactions between family structure, social membership, (physical) health and subjective wellbeing. Second, it offers a descriptive analysis to determine the socio-cultural antecedents of wellbeing among older adults in Kerala. The analysis suggests that age, marital status, gender, household size, education, grand parenting roles and normative expectations are key determinants of subjective wellbeing. Not surprisingly, subjective wellbeing is shown to become worse as one grows older, though this association is amplified for older women. Analysis also suggests that loneliness experienced by the respondents is often a product of a perceived sense of lag between expectations and their fulfilment. Overall, the study provided a nuanced understanding of the critical links between family structure, cultural expectations, socio-demographic factors and subjective wellbeing of older Indians in a changing demographic context. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by S. Irudaya Rajan, Anusmita Devi, Tannistha Samanta and S. Sunitha
dc.format.extent pp. 143-158
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg en_US
dc.subject Subjective wellbeing en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject Loneliness en_US
dc.subject Aging en_US
dc.subject Kerala en_US
dc.title Antecedents of subjective wellbeing among older adults in Kerala en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US

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