Article by Rosa Gómez Redondo with Danan Gu and Matthew E. Dupre.
Danan, Gu; Gomez-Redondo, Rosa and Dupre, Matthew E. (2015). ‘Studying Disability Trends in Aging Populations’. Journal of cross-cultural gerontology, 30(1): 21-49.
Abstract This article reviews the current literature on disability trends in ageing populations and proposes a framework for studying these trends built upon existing models of disablement. In addition to considering disablement and its associated factors, our framework also includes factors at population level and the interplays among personal resources and health behaviours, intervention programmes, technological advances, the consequences of disability trends in a lifetime and socio-ecological perspectives. The framework is abbreviated to FE-BRIT-SE to denote the following: individual-level (F)ixed attributes, including genetic factors, personality, age, sex, and earlier life conditions, and the (E)nvironment; individual (B)ehaviours, (R)esources, (I)nterventions, (T)echnology; and (S)ocioeconomic and (E)cological consequences of disability trends. The overview offers an integrated framework for understanding the disablement process and disablement trends, and their complex causes and consequences.