Partner's depression and quality of life among older Europeans

Abstract: We aim to study among European older adults (after age 50) if partner's mental health infuences the individual's well-being. A sample of married or with registered partnership couples that live together, from the latest wave of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is considered. More specifcally, we use logistic regressions to determine the impact that partner?s mental health has on an individual well-being. Besides, personal health and socio-demographic characteristics are also analysed. Diferences by gender have been also considered. We shed new light on the factors determining well-being. The empirical fndings show that there are important spillover efects from individual?s mental health to the well-being of their partners within households (OR=1.51; 95% C.I 1.43, 1.59). Our results show utility and empathy between couples, regardless of being a man or a woman. Further, once controlled by the individual traditional factors (age, education or labour status), the interdependence of the closest environment is shown. These fndings play a very important role in explaining the public policies that consider the social perspective of well-being in general, as well as mental health policies in particular.

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 Fuente: The European Journal of Health Economics, September 2019, Volume 20, Issue 7, pp 1093-1101

Editorial: Springer Nature

 Fecha de publicación: 01/09/2019

Nº de páginas: 9

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.1007/s10198-019-01081-y

ISSN: 1618-7598,1618-7601

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10198-019-01081-y