Health across generations: Findings from the Australian longitudinal study on women's health

Lucke, Jayne C., Brown, Wendy, Tooth, Leigh, Loxton, Deborah, Byles, Julie, Spallek, Melanie, Powers, Jennifer, Hockey, Richard, Pachana, Nancy A. and Dobson, Annette (2010) Health across generations: Findings from the Australian longitudinal study on women's health. Biological Research for Nursing, 12 2: 162-170. doi:10.1177/1099800410373804

Author Lucke, Jayne C.
Brown, Wendy
Tooth, Leigh
Loxton, Deborah
Byles, Julie
Spallek, Melanie
Powers, Jennifer
Hockey, Richard
Pachana, Nancy A.
Dobson, Annette
Title Health across generations: Findings from the Australian longitudinal study on women's health
Journal name Biological Research for Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-8004
Publication date 2010-10-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1099800410373804
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 162
End page 170
Total pages 9
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Language eng
Subject 2922 Research and Theory
Abstract The International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease Events (InterLACE) project is a global research collaboration that aims to advance understanding of women's reproductive health in relation to chronic disease risk by pooling individual participant data from several cohort and cross-sectional studies. The aim of this paper is to describe the characteristics of contributing studies and to present the distribution of demographic and reproductive factors and chronic disease outcomes in InterLACE.
Formatted abstract
Interpretation of changes in health and health care utilization patterns across the life span depends on an understanding of the effects of age, period, and cohort. The purpose of this article is to illustrate differences among three generations of women in demographic factors, health risk factors, and health status indicators from 1996 to 2008. The article examines data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, a broad-ranging project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and involving three age groups of women (born in the periods 1973—1978, 1946—1951, and 1921—1926) who were first surveyed in 1996 and will be surveyed every 3 years until at least 2015. Patterns in selected demographic factors (marital status and level of educational qualification), health risk factors (smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and body mass index [BMI]), and health status indicators (asthma, hypertension, diabetes and depression; physical functioning and mental health scores from the SF-36) were examined to illustrate examples of biological age, generational differences, or period effects that affect all age groups and generations simultaneously. The results can be used to inform the development of responsive and effective models for both prevention and management of chronic disease, including health and aged-care systems that will meet the needs of different generations of women across their life span.

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Keyword Baseline characteristics
Chronic disease
Cross-cultural comparison
Life-course research
Reproductive health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID S06 GM008073
U01 AG012554
R01 AG017578
U01 AG012535
U01 AG012553
U01 NR004061
U01 AG012539
P30 NR004001
U01 AG012546
R01 AG017644
U01 AG012495
U01 AG012505
U01 AG012531
Institutional Status UQ

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