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Fertility trajectories and later-life depression among parents in England

Grundy, Emily and Read, Sanna and Väisänen, Heini (2020) 'Fertility trajectories and later-life depression among parents in England.' Population Studies, 74 (2). pp. 219-240. ISSN 0032-4728

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We examine pathways between indicators of fertility tempo/quantum and depressive symptoms among parents aged 55+ with at least two children, using three waves of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Using standard regression approaches and path analysis within the structural equation framework, we also investigate whether fertility trajectories mediated the association between childhood disadvantage and later-life depression. Results provide limited support for direct influences of fertility trajectories on depression, but indicate indirect linkages for both women and men. Associations are mediated by partnership history, social support, wealth, later-life smoking, and functional limitation. Associations between childhood disadvantage and later-life depression are partially mediated by fertility stressors. Results confirm the influence of life course experiences on depression at older ages and demonstrate the interlinked role of family and other life course pathways on later-life well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: depression, ageing, fertility, parity, age at first birth, birth intervals, path analysis, life course, life history
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 13:49
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:03

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