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Understanding gender differences in older people's attitudes towards life-prolonging medical technologies

Arber, S, Vandrevala, T, Daly, T and Hampson, S (2008) Understanding gender differences in older people's attitudes towards life-prolonging medical technologies Journal of Aging Studies, 22 (4). pp. 366-375.

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The power of medical technologies to extend the final stages of life has heightened the need to understand what factors influence older people's wish to use such medical technologies. We analyse gender differences in such views, based on audio-recorded interviews with 33 men and 36 women (aged 65–93) in south-east England. Older women were twice as likely as men to oppose using medical technologies to extend life. More older women voiced ‘other-oriented’ reasons for their opposition, particularly not wanting to be a burden on others. Older men's attitudes were primarily ‘self-oriented’, reflecting a concern to stay alive for as long as possible, with fewer expressing concern about consequences for others. Women's greater life course involvement in caring and empathising with the wishes and concerns of others underlay these gender differences. Thus, women were ‘performing gender’ by putting others before themselves, even at this critical juncture in their lives.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Date : 1 December 2008
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jaging.2008.05.009
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Gerontology, Geriatrics & Gerontology, Gender, Life-prolonging medical technologies, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Older people, CARDIOPULMONARY-RESUSCITATION, ELDERLY PERSONS, CARE, HEALTH, END, DECISIONS, OUTCOMES, VIEWS, TIME
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Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Journal of Aging Studies>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Aging Studies, 22(4), 2008. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2008.05.009”
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 31 Jan 2013 11:16
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:32

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