Correlates of housing affordability stress among older Australians

Jeromey B. Temple*

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    Abstract

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and correlates of housing affordability stress among community-dwelling older Australians. Methods: The 2002 ABS General Social Survey was used to measure the prevalence of housing affordability stress. Rare event logistic regression was used to measure the potential correlates of housing affordability stress. Results: Almost 5% of Australians aged 55 years and older, and 20% of those younger than 55 years, are estimated to experience housing affordability stress. Men and women living alone are more likely to experience affordability stress when compared to couples. Low-income earners, those with a consumer debt or who do not hold assets, are at a heightened risk of such stress. Home ownership, regardless of income, is the strongest buffer against housing affordability problems in old age. Conclusion: Although the prevalence of housing affordability stress is low among older Australians when compared to the younger population, a definite social gradient exists in those at risk.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)20-25
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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