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Death does not heal all wounds: Mortality following the death of a parent
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).
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
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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.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43071DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00801.xOAI: diva2:353455
Available from: 2010-09-27 Created: 2010-09-27 Last updated: 2011-08-11Bibliographically approved

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