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Ageing, Social Roles and Norms


Thu 27. 8.  11:00 - 12:30
room FA 204

Active ageing and the impact of values, norms and opinions in the European context


Rabušic, Ladislav; Chromková Manea, Beatrice
Faculty of Social Studies MU Brno, Czech Republic

Very low levels of fertility and the ageing of societies have been regarded as one of the most important population challenges of the 21st century. The increasing life expectancy corroborated with a sharp drop in fertility has significantly changed the demographic structure of population in many post-modern societies. Consequently, pre- and post-retirement period, as well as, health, quality of life and well-being issues have been taking a more significant position within both academic and policy-making debate. Last period has seen an increasing academic and policy interest in the topic of active ageing, which was crowned by the development of the active aging index (AAI). The active ageing index (AAI) is based on four main dimensions ‒ employment, participation in society, independent living and capacity for active ageing (e.g. Zaidi, 2013). Latest results indicate that contribution of each component of AAI to the total value of the index differs among EU countries. Analysing active aging indicators in a cross-country perspective can help quantify and compare the various impacts of different aspects such as values, attitudes, social, political and cultural context, policy measures or economic indicators. The focus of this paper is to map and test the association between various values, attitudes, norms and active aging indicators in the European context. We will answer the following research questions: 1) How are attitudes, values, norms associated to active aging indicators of population in Europe?; 2) What are the patterns of norms, attitude and values related to active aging index across Europe? We are interested in the cross-national perspective and the European Value Survey will be used to seek the answers to our research questions.