Women’s Views on Old Age

By Seval Güven, Arzu Şener and Nihan Gürsoy.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In Turkey, traditionally, considerable respect and importance is given to the elderly within the family. However, as a result of the social and societal changes caused by industrialisation and urbanisation, it was inevitable that the interaction and values between generations would also change. From this perspective, in order to draw any conclusions regarding old age, it is crucial to identify the perception of old age and the elderly from people in different age groups, thus acquiring more information on old age. This study was thus planned and conducted with the aim of identifying the views on old age held by women of various ages and educational levels. In line with the study results, we make feasible suggestions to individuals and to families for the achievement of a more successful approach to, and experience of, old age. The study was conducted on 1500 women selected with the systematic sampling method from the records of the Demetevler Healthcare Centre in Ankara. Data evaluation was conducted on the SPSS win software package using chi-square (x2) analysis. Analysing the responses, according to the age groups of the participants, the views on who should be responsible for the care of the elderly person when a health problem occurs or when general care is needed in old age, those who stated that the “male child” should be responsible for the care of the elderly were more prominent in all age groups except in the 15-29 age group. Female university graduates in the 15-29 age group primarily agreed with the view that “the elderly person should be cared for by home care services in their own home environment”.

Keywords: Aging, Women

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp.77-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.030MB).

Seval Güven

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Seval Güven is an Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Independent Life among Elderly and the Handicapped. Dr. Güven’s research interests include Environment and Family, Family Relationships, Independent Life among Elderly and the Handicapped. She has been published in a variety of social science journals, including Educational Gerontology, Social Behavior and Personality an International Journal, Journal of Qafqaz University, Kadın/Women 2000, Turkish Journal of Geriatrics, Egitim ve Bilim Dergisi, Aile ve Toplum Dergisi.

Prof. Arzu Şener

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Arzu Şener is an Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Relations, Consumer Rights, Special Consumer Groups and Research Techniques. Dr. Şener’s main research topics are Family Relations, Consumer Behavior and Education and Family Economics. She has been published in a variety of national and international scientific journals, including Educational Gerontology, Aging and Mental Health, Sustainable Development, Türk Geriatri Dergisi, Yaslı sorunları Araştırma Dergisi, Aile ve Toplum Dergisi, Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi, Mesleki Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi.

Nihan Gürsoy

Research Assistant, Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

Nihan Gürsoy is a Research Assistant of Family and Consumer Sciences at Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative sciences.

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