Death does not heal all wounds: Mortality following the death of a parent
2011 (English)In: Journal of Marriage and Family, ISSN 0022-2445, E-ISSN 1741-3737, Vol. 73, 236-249 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
People linked through social ties are known to have interdependent health. Our aim was to investigate such collateral health effects in the context of offspring mortality after a parent's death in children aged 10–59 years. The data (N = 3,753,368) were from a linked-registers database that contains the total Swedish population. In minor children, we found elevations in mortality risks associated with a parent's death. Adult offspring experienced a reduced mortality risk recently after a parent's death, which over time approached, and in some instances even exceeded, that of the general population. Mother's death tended to have a stronger influence than father's death, unnatural parental deaths had a stronger effect than natural ones, and male offspring were more vulnerable than female offspring.
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2011. Vol. 73, 236-249 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43071DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00801.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-43071DiVA: diva2:353455