Sociology/social Gerontology/gender And Development Studies
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Topic: Gender Differentials In Socio-economic Wellbeing Of Older Persons
Description: Ageing of the population is becoming a worldwide phenomenon. National and International organizations continue to express concerns on older persons worldwide and have suggested measures for improving their lives and overall wellbeing within the framework of sustainable development. Citizenship cannot be assumed to have the same significance for the young and old. A common experience is that of disenchantments of the older persons regarding their personal and other rights. Theoretically, older persons are not a homogenous group. It has been observed that the gender of the individual affects access and opportunities to the available old age security system. For a significant proportion of older persons in Nigeria, socio-economic, socio-demographic, and socio-cultural factors play important roles in influencing their life-course experiences and overall socio-economic wellbeing in later life.My research interest, therefore, focuses on the differentials in the situations and capabilities of older persons in Nigeria rather than viewing them as a homogenous group. Gender is particularly believed to be implicated in the varying experiences of older persons. Inequalities experienced in earlier life, for example in access to education, employment, and health care, as well as in old age, were critically examined in my researches.Further, my research interest laid more emphasis on the social aspect of ageing, otherwise known as Social Gerontology. In the course of my research endeavours, I have been able to carry out researches on the care and supports of older persons, the health status of older persons, intergenerational relationships, social protection systems, familial supports, livelihoods of older persons, and human rights of older persons. I have been able to identify the various socio-economic, cultural and demographic factors affecting the overall wellbeing of the older persons in Nigeria. Other areas of the older persons which have formed core areas of my research interest include; old age security provisions, social protections and healthy ageing. I have therefore emphasized the needs for the various successive government at all levels across African societies and in particular Nigeria, national and international bodies/organizations, NGOs, the civil society, philanthropists and policymakers to come up with old age policies that can guarantee effective social protection for the vulnerable older persons in our society.
|1.||Ph.D (SOCIOLOGY)||SOCIOLOGY, FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, AKOKA, YABA, LAGOS||2010|
Life Course Experiences and WellBeing Among Older Persons in Southwest Nigeria: A Gender Base Analysis
The life course experiences of an individual is an important factor in the understanding of the overall health status and well being in the later life in any given society. Evidence has shown in the literature that there have been a wealth of materials, documentation in other areas of older persons, however, there is a dearth of materials on the relationship between life course experiences and health status and wellbeing among older persons in the south-west, Nigeria. However, the life course experiences of older men and women are not homogenous; hence the need to investigate into differences in older persons experiences and the emerging health-related issues as the individual passes through the various stages of their life course so as to understand its consequences in later life. This study attempts an examination of the nexus of interaction between life course experiences and overall health status of older persons. The study is anchored on the life course experiences theory to explain the problem. 500 questionnaire was distributed through multi-stage sampling techniques and 20 in-depth interviews were conducted among older persons that were purposively selected. Quantitative data was analysed through simple percentage and frequency distribution and logistic regression analysis. Qualitative information was analysed through content analysis and ethnographic summaries. The study found that there are lots of interrelated factors that determine the overall wellbeing of individuals such as family background, educational qualifications, skill acquisition, age at first marriage among others. The study, therefore, recommends all-inclusive policies that would be beneficial to older persons.
AJIBOYE OLANREWAJU is a Professor at the Department of Sociology
AJIBOYE has a Ph.D in SOCIOLOGY from SOCIOLOGY, FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, AKOKA, YABA, LAGOS