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Project: MAGGIE [concluded]

Major Ageing and Gender Issues in Europe

The objective of this project is to chart and explain gender differences in quality of life in old age.

This project charts gender inequalities in quality of life among the current generation of older adults (65+) with the aid of meta-analysis of existing literature. Four dimensions are distinguished: health, family and social relationships, economic situation, and the institutionalisation of lifestyles. It will subsequently examine the factors that explain the gender differences found using existing surveys conducted in a variety of European countries. The 'cohort/life course' approach will then be used to provide insight into possible future gender differences in later life, followed by an evaluation of measures that could reduce these inequalities. The findings will be entered into a database, an interactive version of which will be made available to the general public on line.


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Norms of filial obligation in the Netherlands. Population 67 (1): 97-122. [pdf]
Dykstra, P.A. & Fokkema, C.M. (2011),
Relationship between parents and their adult children: a west European typology of late-life families. Ageing & Society 31 (4): 545-569. [pdf]
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Ties between parents and their adult children: a Western European typology of late-life families. The Hague and Rotterdam: Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and Erasmus University , 44 p.
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Health and well-being at older ages: the interlinkage with family life histories, gender, and national contexts. Final report prepared in the context of the MAGGIE (Major Ageing and Gender Issues in Europe) research project. The Hague/London: NIDI/LSHTM, 45 p. [pdf]



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