The family life course and health: partnership and fertility histories and physical health trajectories in later life

O'Flaherty, Martin, Baxter, Janeen, Haynes, Michele and Turrell, Gavin (2015). The family life course and health: partnership and fertility histories and physical health trajectories in later life. LCC Working Paper Series 2015-29, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author O'Flaherty, Martin
Baxter, Janeen
Haynes, Michele
Turrell, Gavin
Title The family life course and health: partnership and fertility histories and physical health trajectories in later life
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2015-29
Publication date 2015-12
Total pages 38
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Life course perspectives suggest that later life health reflects long term social patterns over an individual’s life, in particular the occurrence and timing of key roles and transitions. This has been demonstrated empirically for multiple aspects of fertility and partnership histories, including timing of births and marriage, parity, and the presence and timing of a marital disruption. Most previous studies have, however, addressed particular aspects of fertility or partnership histories singly. We build on this research by examining how a holistic classification of family life course trajectories from age 18-50, incorporating both fertility and partnership histories, is linked to later life physical health for a sample of Australian residents. Our results indicate that long-term family life course trajectories are strongly linked to later life health for men, but only minimally for women. For men, family trajectories characterized by early family formation, no family formation, an early marital disruption, or high fertility, are associated with poorer physical health. Among women, only those who experienced both a disrupted marital history and a high level of fertility were found to be in poorer health.
Keyword Life course
Health
Fertility
Marriage
Cumulative advantage
Sequence analysis
Institutional Status UQ

 
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