Fertility history, health, and health changes in later life: A panel study of British women and men born 1923-49.


Read, S; Grundy, E; Wolf, DA; (2011) Fertility history, health, and health changes in later life: A panel study of British women and men born 1923-49. Population studies, 65 (2). pp. 201-15. ISSN 0032-4728 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00324728.2011.572654

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Abstract

: We investigated associations between later-life health and fertility history for women and men, using the British Household Panel Survey. We modelled health and its rate of change jointly with sample retention over an 11-year period. For women, childlessness is associated with limitation of activity for health reasons and faster acquisition of the limitation. High parity (four or more children) is associated with poorer health for both women and men. For the parous, this association is also found when age at first birth is controlled. Early parenthood is associated with poorer health. For parents of two or more children, a birth interval of less than 18 months is associated with having a health limitation and an accelerated rate of acquiring it. We conclude that biosocial pathways link parenthood careers and the later-life health of both women and men, and that implications of closely spaced births for parents merit further attention.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Population Studies (1974-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
PubMed ID: 21614727
Web of Science ID: 299280900004
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/694

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