Coexisting Social, Economic, and Health-Related Disadvantages in More than 2.4 Million Swedes : Combining Variable-Centred and Person-Centred Approaches

Published on May 1, 2019in Social Indicators Research1.70
· DOI :10.1007/s11205-018-1981-5
Stefan Fors11
Estimated H-index: 11
(KI: Karolinska Institutet),
Ylva B. Almquist11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Stockholm University),
Lars Brännström12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Stockholm University)
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The notion of coexisting disadvantages has been recognised in social welfare policy and welfare research, not least in the Nordic countries. The prevalence and patterning of coexisting disadvantages in society have far reaching implications for well-being, social policy, and social inequality. Using longitudinal register-based data for the years 1998‒2008 for all Swedish individuals born 1946‒1965 (n > 2.4 million), this exploratory study maps out the occurrence of coexisting disadvantages in the Swedish working-age population, and examines to what extent observed prevalence rates are associated with sex, age, immigrant status, and marital status. Coexisting disadvantages are analysed in terms of four broad register-based indicators intended to capture individuals’ resources in key areas of the society: education, income, labour market, and mental health. The results show that while most individuals are not disadvantaged in these areas, coexisting disadvantages do occur and its prevalence varies according to sex, age, immigrant status, and marital status. This study shows that combinations of person-centred and variable-centred analyses of register-based indicators can play a part when developing effective systems for policy surveillance.
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