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Health and well-being among elderly persons in Israel: the role of social class and immigration status.

Authors
  • Carmel, S
  • Lazar, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ethnicity & health
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
3
Issue
1-2
Pages
31–43
Identifiers
PMID: 9673461
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

These findings indicate that in contradiction to the convergence hypothesis, social class and immigration status affect health and well-being also in old age. It is suggested that the immigration crisis and factors related to the standard of living and health services in the countries of origin, as well as the lower social and economic status of the immigrants in Israel, outweigh their relative advantage in age and education in influencing their health and well-being. The differences found among the three groups in the factors that explain self-rated health have implications for the use of economic status as a relevant indicator of social class when considering health status among the elderly, and for the interpretation of SRH, as a global measure of health, in different socio-cultural groups.

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