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Patterns of changing residential preferences during late adulthood
Stockholm Univ, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division Ageing and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Stockholm Univ, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 39, no 8, p. 1752-1781, article id PII S0144686X18000259Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Earlier research on residential mobility has demonstrated a tendency for the young old of the 55+ population to prefer peripheral locations, whereas older age groups choose central locations. Here, we present survey results indicating that such late-adulthood differences in preferences are supported by age-related shifts corresponding to differences in housing preferences expressed by individuals in peripheral as well as central locations in Sweden. A sample of 2,400 individuals aged 55 years and over was asked to select the seven most important characteristics of a dwelling from a list of 21 alternatives (Survey of Housing Intentions among the ELDerly in Sweden (SHIELD), 2013). The preferences expressed were used as dependent variables in logistic regressions to determine to what extent the housing preferences of older people are linked to age, gender, socio-economic status and type of geographical area. The results demonstrated a close link between neighbourhood characteristics and housing preferences. Owning the dwelling, having a garden and access to nature were stressed as important by individuals living in non-metropolitan middle-class areas and in suburban elite areas. The youngest cohort expressed similar preferences. Older age groups instead stressed the importance of an elevator, single-storey housing and a good design for independent living; preferences that have similarities to those expressed by individuals living in large cities and smaller urban centres where such housing is more readily available.

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CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS , 2019. Vol. 39, no 8, p. 1752-1781, article id PII S0144686X18000259
Keywords [en]
late adulthood; older people; housing preferences; geography; area type; self-congruity; Sweden
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Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-159047DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X18000259ISI: 000474119500009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-159047DiVA, id: diva2:1338425
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsradet) [421-2010-2068]; Swedish Research Council via the Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE) [349-2007-8701]

Available from: 2019-07-22 Created: 2019-07-22 Last updated: 2019-07-22

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