Older women: Health and political behavior

Steven A. Peterson, Albert Somit

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This paper addresses one of the challenges that older women face-poor health. The focus of this paper is the extent to which health status affects the political behavior of older women. To enrich the analysis, the relationship between health status for older males is examined as well. Health status has modest effects on both sexes. Most interesting, better health directly affects greater political participation among older women. It has only an indirect effect on older males political activism. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-108
Number of pages22
JournalWomen and Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 15 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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