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ERIC Number: EJ941186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1465
Early Childbearing, Marital Status, and Women's Health and Mortality after Age 50
Henretta, John C.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v48 n3 p254-266 Sep 2007
This article examines the relationship between a woman's childbearing history and her later health and mortality, with primary focus on whether the association between them is due to early and later socioeconomic status. Data are drawn from the Health and Retirement Study birth cohort of 1931-1941. Results indicate that, conditional on reaching midlife and controlling for early and later socioeconomic status, a first birth before age 20 is associated with a higher hazard of dying. In addition, having an early birth is associated with a higher prevalence of reported heart disease, lung disease, and cancer in 1994. Being unmarried at the time of the first birth is associated with earlier mortality, but this association disappears when midlife socioeconomic status is controlled. The number of children ever born does not significantly affect mortality but is associated with prevalence of diabetes. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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