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Marital status, living arrangements, and mortality in middle and older age in Europe.

Zueras, Pilar and Rutigliano, Roberta and Trias-Llimós, Sergi (2020) 'Marital status, living arrangements, and mortality in middle and older age in Europe.' International Journal of Public Health, 65 (5). pp. 627-636. ISSN 0303-8408

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Abstract

Objectives We study the role of marital status and living arrangements in mortality among a 50+ population living in Europe by gender and welfare states.<h4>Methods</h4>Using data from waves 4, 5, and 6 of the Survey of Health Age and Retirement in Europe (n = 54,171), we implemented Cox proportional hazard models by gender and age groups (50-64 and 65-84). We estimated pooled models and separated models for two regions representing different welfare states (South-East and North-West). Results Among people aged 50-64, nonpartnered individuals (except never-married women) showed a higher mortality risk as compared with those partnered. Among the older population (65-84), divorce was associated with higher mortality among men, but not among women, and living with someone other than a partner was associated with higher mortality risk as compared to those partnered. In the South-East region living with a partner at ages 50-64 was associated with lower mortality. Conclusions Partnership and residential status are complementary for understanding the role of family dimensions in mortality. The presence of a partner is mortality protective, especially among 50-64-year-old men in South-East Europe.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Mortality; Marital Status; Divorce; Single Person; Age Factors; Sex Factors; Residence Characteristics; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Middle Aged; Europe; Female; Male
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 13:45
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29982

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