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Women’s fertility and allostatic load in the post-reproductive years: an analysis of the Indonesian Family Life Survey

Leone, Tiziana ORCID: 0000-0001-9671-5382 (2022) Women’s fertility and allostatic load in the post-reproductive years: an analysis of the Indonesian Family Life Survey. Population Studies. ISSN 1477-4747

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Abstract

We know little about the effects of the reproductive health burden when unsafe abortions, miscarriages, stillbirths, and low quality of maternal care are common. The aim of this study is to investigate the use of Allostatic Load to understand the impact of reproductive histories on health. We applied path models to the Indonesian Family Life with a sample of 2,001 women aged 40 or more. While the number of children was not associated with allostatic load, pregnancies that did not end in live births and parenthood before age 18 had negative associations with health. We also identified a clear cohort effect and a possible rural advantage. Our contribution is twofold: we highlight the importance of reproductive histories beyond live births on women’s later health in a context of increasing population ageing; and we demonstrate the applicability using allostatic load to measure health outside the global north.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 Taylor & Francis.
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2022 09:00
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 09:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/116609

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