How does the age of the child affect parental survival?

2020-04-27T08:26:46Z (GMT) by Sven Drefahl Eleonora Mussino

Previous research investigated several different aspects of the relationship between having a child and parental mortality. An aspect of research that was neglected until now is the age of the child. If children have an effect on parental mortality it is likely to change as they grow up. We extend previous research by applying a longitudinal approach using Swedish Register data and hazard regression models for men and women separately. Adjusting for age and a variety of control variables we found that risk of dying increases by age of the youngest child for both sexes. Additional models for different causes of death suggest that selection, behavioral changes and unobserved protective effects contribute to this pattern