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Partner’s depression and quality of life among older Europeans

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  • Marta Pascual-Sáez

    (The University of Cantabria—IDIVAL)

  • David Cantarero-Prieto

    (The University of Cantabria—IDIVAL)

  • Carla Blázquez-Fernández

    (The University of Cantabria—IDIVAL)

Abstract

We aim to study among European older adults (after age 50) if partner’s mental health influences 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 specifically, 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. Differences by gender have been also considered. We shed new light on the factors determining well-being. The empirical findings show that there are important spillover effects 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 findings 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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  • Marta Pascual-Sáez & David Cantarero-Prieto & Carla Blázquez-Fernández, 2019. "Partner’s depression and quality of life among older Europeans," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 20(7), pages 1093-1101, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:20:y:2019:i:7:d:10.1007_s10198-019-01081-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s10198-019-01081-y
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    Keywords

    Quality of life; Oldest people; Partner’s health; SHARE; Logistic regressions;
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    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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