Widowhood, socio-economic status, health and wellbeing in low and middle-income countries

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Barbara Corso, Nadia Minicuci

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Using data on women aged 50 and over from the WHO’s Survey of Ageing and Adult Health for China, Ghana, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa (N = 17,009), we assess associations between widowhood and socio-economic, health and quality of life deprivations. We find variations in the prevalence and timing of widowhood across the study countries, and associations between widowhood and being in the poorest wealth quintile for all five countries. For other deprivations, national experiences varied, with stronger and more consistent effects for India and China. These findings challenge generalised claims about widowhood and call for more contextualised analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1374-1388
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number10
Early online date14 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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