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Type: Journal article
Title: Health and welfare profile of Australian baby boomers who live in rented accommodation – implications for the future
Author: Taylor, A.
Pilkington, R.
Dal Grande, E.
Kourbelis, C.
Barrie, H.
Citation: Ageing and Society, 2019; 39(4):685-702
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0144-686X
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Anne W. Taylor, Rhiannon Pilkington, Eleonora Dal Grande, Constance Kourbelis and Helen Barry
Abstract: Baby boomers who rent are often overlooked as an important sub-group. We aimed to assess the chronic conditions, risk factors, socio-economic factors and other health-related factors associated with renting in private or public housing. Data from telephone interviews conducted each month in South Australia between and were combined. Prevalence estimates were assessed for each risk factor and chronic condition by housing status. The association between housing status and variables of interest were analysed using logistic regression models adjusting for multiple covariates (age, gender, income, smoking, physical activity, area and year of data collection). Overall, per cent of the baby boomers interviewed were renting, either privately or using government-subsided housing. The health profile of renters (both private and public) was poorer overall, with renters more likely to have all of the chronic conditions and ten risk factors assessed. For public renters the relationships were maintained even after controlling for socio-economic and risk factor variables for all chronic diseases except osteoporosis. This research has provided empirical evidence of the considerable differences in health, socio-economic indicators and risk factors between baby boomers who rent and those who own, or are buying, their own homes.
Keywords: Baby boomers; Australia; risk factors; chronic disease; rented accommodation; housing
Description: Incorrect spelling of Helen Barrie on the publication, left Statement of responsibility to reflect incorrect pdf.
Rights: © Cambridge University Press. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X17001088
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