Relationship Structures and Biographical Context: The Case of Elderly People at Risk of Poverty

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This article presents a typology of relationship structures of elderly people with an income level below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold and examines the determinants of these relationships. The presented results are based on an empirical, qualitative study on the relationship structures including biographical contexts such as critical life events, having children, family dynamics, membership of social milieus, personality structures, and the state of health. The study did not focus on stereotypical cause and effect relations, but on interlocking factors in lifeworld contexts that determine the variety of relationship structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351 - 368
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Change
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 504007 Empirical social research

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