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Family life history and late mid-life mortality in Norway

Kravdal, Øystein, Grundy, Emily ORCID: 0000-0002-9633-1116, Lyngstad, Torkild H. and Wiik, Kenneth Aa. (2012) Family life history and late mid-life mortality in Norway. Population and Development Review, 38 (2). pp. 237-257. ISSN 0098-7921

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2012.00491.x


Using data on all Norwegians born 1935–68, we analyze the associations between mortality and a combined indicator of fertility and marital or partnership status and history. The focus is on ages 40–73 and the years 1980–2008 (30 million person-years of observations and 117,000 deaths). Among men in first marriages, the childless have 36 percent higher mortality than those with two or more children. The corresponding figure for women is 61 percent. The never-married have higher mortality and are differentiated even more by parenthood status. Thus, childless never-married men and women have mortality three times as high as those who are married and have two or more children. The apparent advantage associated with having at least two children is smallest among men who divorced before their oldest child's tenth birthday. Having step-children has no association with mortality for those without natural children but is associated with higher mortality among the parous.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Population Council, Inc.
Divisions: Social Policy
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2013 11:31
Last Modified: 28 May 2024 06:36

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