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Journal Cover RASP - Research on Ageing and Social Policy
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   ISSN (Print) 2014-6728
   Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [14 journals]
  • Vol 4 No 2 (Full Issue)

    • Authors: RASP Editors
      Pages: 1 - 129
      PubDate: 2016-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Do Voluntariness and Charity Pay Off' Well-being Benefits of
           Participating in Voluntary Work and Charity for Older and Younger Adults
           in Finland

    • Authors: Antti Olavi Tanskanen, Mirkka Danielsbacka
      Pages: 2 - 28
      Abstract: Happiness and health are commonly used well-being indicators, and studies have shown that engaging in voluntary work and charity is associated with increased well-being. However, few studies have analysed the association between volunteering or charity and well-being using nationally representative data from two adult generations. Utilising the Generational Transmissions in Finland surveys collected in 2012, we examined whether volunteering and charity were associated with self-perceived happiness and health in older (born 1945–1950) and younger (born 1962–1993) generations. We found that older adults who engaged in voluntary work were happier than those who did not. Further, younger adults who had made donations to charity were found to be happier than those who had not. With both older and younger generations, we found no correlations between volunteering or charity and self-perceived health. Results are discussed in the light of different life course phases older and younger generations are going through.
      PubDate: 2016-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Influence of Contextual and Organisational Factors on Combining Informal
           and Formal Care for Older People. Slovenian Case

    • Authors: Valentina Hlebec, Masa Filipovic Hrast
      Pages: 30 - 54
      Abstract: The need and availability of informal carers are the most important determinants of care arrangements for older people requiring care. In the present study, we focus on the role of predisposing, enabling factors as well as need in predicting the distribution of care arrangements of social home care users in Slovenia. We not only included individual factors but also community factors and, even more importantly, we addressed the organisational factors which have an effect on formal care usage. In a case study in Slovenia we showed that, apart from need for and availability of an informal care network, which were the strongest predictors of care arrangements (no care, informal care only, formal care only, mixed care) across the activities of daily living, organisational factors such as the temporal availability of social home care and the number of users were the second most important predictors of care arrangements of social home care users. The implications for the conceptual framework for studying care arrangements within national studies as well as in cross-national studies are discussed.
      PubDate: 2016-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • “We Are Not a Small Island, We Are the Ocean”. Becoming a Student in
           Mature Age. An Exploratory Analysis on Italy and Spain

    • Authors: Tatiana Iñiguez Berrozpe, Francesco Marcaletti
      Pages: 56 - 95
      Abstract: The complexity underlying motivations and obstacles encountered by Mature Adults (MA; people over 45 years old) in their participation in educational activities, requires a thorough analysis to determine which factors are most salient for this social group. Under the project funded by the European Commission "IMAL: Innovations in Mature Adult Learning", a study through a questionnaire (n = 1.066) was conducted. From that sample, data for two of the participating countries, Spain (ns= 106) and Italy (ni= 460), have been drawn. The aim of the paper is to make an exploratory analysis of both samples in order to determine the most important motivational factors for MA in their educational participation, through descriptive and bivariate analysis (independent sample test), and to test how the sociodemographic variables influence these factors by an analysis through logistic regression. The results show great similarities between both samples. Lower levels of education and not being in working condition were found as risk factors for not undertaking learning activities. In both samples, the weight of “internal” motivations is very relevant. This evidence leads to interpret MA learning as a process addressed towards personal enrichment, thus claiming for a more holistic and learner centered vision in adult education.
      PubDate: 2016-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Family Situation, Social Protection, and Well-being of Older Adults from
           an European Comparative Perspective

    • Authors: Almudena Moreno, Juan Antonio Vicente-Virseda
      Pages: 96 - 127
      Abstract: The aim of this research is therefore to analyse the well-being of people over 65 living in multi-generational households, compared to those who live in their own home, either with a partner or alone. The analysis takes a comparative approach, and seeks to analyse and unravel the differences between countries in terms of the subjective well-being of this segment according to the type of household they live in, against a backdrop of the framework of the welfare state, social policies on dependent care, and family models. The methodology used in this comparative approach consists of applying association analyses based on “decision trees”. The data source used is the European Quality of Life Survey, 2011-2012. The findings show that live in multigenerational households is inversely related to the perception of well-being and quality of life in the group of people over 65 years in the countries of southern Europe. Indeed the results suggest that the social policies implemented by welfare States can satisfactorily contribute to the well-being and quality of life of these groups in the same or greater measure as family solidarity, as evidenced by the results obtained for Nordic countries.
      PubDate: 2016-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • El Retraso en la Edad de Jubilación y las Políticas para la
           Prolongación de la Actividad Laboral Más Allá de la Edad Legal de

    • Authors: Jordi García-Viña
      Pages: 128 - 129
      Abstract: Review of the Doctoral Thesis
      PubDate: 2016-07-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
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