The Effect of Elder Iranians' Socioeconomic and Health Status on their Position in Family

Document Type: Research Paper


1 Professor of Sociology, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran

2 Ph.D. Student of Sociology, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran


Family is the first and everlasting shelter for each human being. There is an urgent need for Elderly parent to be supported by his/her primary family group .Unfortunately; nowadays we witness families who cannot afford caring their elder parents at home and send them to a nursing house. The goal of this article is to clarify one of the most important excuses of ceasing family care because of low elderly socio-economic status .we compare two different socio-economic structures of families whose elder senior lives in Kahreezak nursing house and the second whose elder parent lives beside his/her supportive family. The method of research is descriptive-analytic, the aim is practical, the depth is wide-spread and by time it is cross-sectional. Data was collected by two separate researcher –made questionnaires for two groups of 200 Tehran elderly seniors living either with their families, or in a nursing house called"Kahreezak".The validity was checked formally and the reliability of tools was checked by internal convergence(Alpha 0.8). Research findings indicate: supporting or repelling the elderly parents from family is depended to the Socio-economic status of them. House conditions and accommodation feasibility is determinant in elder senior status in family.