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Ageism, Religiosity, and Wellbeing Among Older Adults: Evidence From the European Social Survey (ESS4)

Title
Ageism, Religiosity, and Wellbeing Among Older Adults: Evidence From the European Social Survey (ESS4)
Authors
Kim H.H.-S.Jung J.H.
Ewha Authors
김현수
SCOPUS Author ID
김현수scopus
Issue Date
2021
Journal Title
Research on Aging
ISSN
0164-0275JCR Link
Citation
Research on Aging vol. 43, no. 44322.0, pp. 214 - 226
Keywords
ageismEuropean social surveyhealthmultilevel analysisreligious contextwellbeing
Publisher
SAGE Publications Inc.
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Research shows that ageism (systemic discrimination against people because of their age) significantly undermines physical and psychological wellbeing, particularly among older adults. Our aim is to contribute to the literature by investigating whether this negative association varies across national religious context. We estimate multilevel models by drawing on a subset of data (ages 55 and above) from the fourth round of the European Social Survey (2008/2009). We find that ageism is negatively related to measures of wellbeing (happiness, life satisfaction, self-rated health). More importantly, the relationship is less pronounced in countries with higher levels of religiosity. These findings suggest that the country’s religious environment serves as a buffer against deleterious health consequences of ageism for the older population. Our study thus provides additional evidence on ageism as a critical risk factor and sheds novel light on the moderating role of country-level religiosity as a protective factor. © The Author(s) 2020.
DOI
10.1177/0164027520953632
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