Marital status and health among the elderly.
Many studies have documented a longevity advantage for married persons relative to their unmarried counterparts in all age groups.
However, these studies have failed to determine whether the advantage experienced by married elderly persons arises mostly from selection and causal processes which operated at younger ages.
This paper employs data from the Longitudinal Study of Aging (1984-1990) to explore whether marital status continues to exert any influence on health and mortality at the older ages.
In the presence of an extensive set of controls for health status at the baseline survey, a series of logistic models are used to determine : (1) the magnitude of marital status erects on disability and on mortality, among older males and older females ; and (2) the extent to which the social environment and economic status of the elderly can account for the existing disability and mortality differences by marital status.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mortalité, Capacité fonctionnelle, Vieillard, Epidémiologie, Statut conjugal, Statut socioéconomique, Environnement social, Etude longitudinale, Modèle statistique, Incapacite, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mortality, Functional capacity, Elderly, Epidemiology, Marital status, Socioeconomic status, Social environment, Follow up study, Statistical model, Human
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Cote : 95-0354313
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 01/03/1996.