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J Gerontol. 1994 Jul;49(4):S202-8.

Gender differences in disability, assistance, and subjective well-being in later life.

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Centre on Aging and Department of Sociology, University of Victoria.


This study focused on gender differences in functional disability among older adults, their reliance on personal assistance and technical aids, and relationships among the use of these sources of assistance, functional disability, and subjective feelings of well-being. The analyses employ data from interviews conducted with 1,406 community-dwelling elders living in Manitoba, Canada. The results reveal (a) greater disability and somewhat greater use of personal assistance among women, and (b) differences between men and women in relationships between both personal and technical resources and subjective feelings of well-being across levels of functional disability.

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