Faculty Publications

Title

Socioeconomic factors and behavioural problems of the elderly population: A study of rural areas of eastern Uttar Pradesh

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Ageing, Attitude, Bad health, Behaviour, Extended family, Family relations, Good health, Household, Old age pension, Rural, Socio-demographic

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Ageing and Society

Volume

16

Issue

5

First Page

525

Last Page

542

Abstract

This paper attempts to study the socioeconomic and demographic profile of the elderly population at a micro level based on data collected in a sample survey, entitled 'Ageing and health conditions in rural areas - a sample survey 1990', conducted in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, India. The distribution of the elderly population according to their work status, health problems and needs is also discussed. The views and actions of the younger family members toward the elderly members are examined and found to vary according to caste group, sex, and work status of the latter. It is noted that elderly females are usually relatively more dependent on their families than their male counterparts. The behaviour of the family members towards their elders is also significantly affected by the literacy and income levels of family members. Provision for an old-age pension is strongly recommended. Copyright © 1996 Cambridge University Press.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1996

DOI of published version

10.1017/s0144686x00020213

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