Senior esteem as a factor of socioeconomic complexity

The Gerontologist Vol/Iss. 16 Published In Pages: 433-440
By Sheehan, Tom


Esteem of the aged will be associated with society type (433).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Esteem Of The AgedDependentStatus And Treatment Of The Aged
Society TypeIndependentAnnual Cycle, Settlement Patterns

Related Hypotheses

Main AuthorHypothesis
Simmons, Leo W.Participation by the aged in general activities is dependent upon climate, permanency of residence, basic maintenance activities and family organization. The opportunity of the aged to participate in subsistence activities increases among herders and agriculturalists. Aged males are more likely to contribute to infant and child care in matriarchal societies. Midwifery is practiced by aged women regardless of cultural determinants (102, 103, 104)
Simmons, Leo W.Prestige of the aged is negatively correlated with severe climate and impermanent residence. It is positively correlated for aged men and women where they have property rights and influence in government. Aged women enjoy more prestige in hunting-gathering and fishing societies and in societies where matrilineal family organization prevails. Aged men have high prestige where the food supply is constant, where family organization type is patrilineal, in herding and framing societies, and w...
Simmons, Leo W.Aged women have tended to acquire property rights in simple societies and within matrilineal types of family organization. Aged men have tended to gain greatest control of property in more complex societies and within patrilineal family organization (49)
Maxwell, Robert J."The esteem in which the aged are held in a given society varies directly with the degree of control they maintain over the society's informational resources" (381).
Simmons, Leo W.". . . .in customs of food sharing with the aged there has been no significant difference in the treatment accorded to aged men and women (34)