Partnership Status and Mortality in England and Wales: All cause and cause-specific mortality between 2001-2011

Franke, S. & Kulu, H. (2015) British Society for Population Studies, Univ of Leeds, UK, 7 - 9 September 2015 [ONS LS]

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Abstract:

Married people have lower mortality rates than single, separated, divorced and widowed individuals. Research suggests that these differences, more pronounced for men than for women, persist even when controlling for economic, social, and demographic characteristics of individuals. One aspect that remains understudied in the literature is a re-evaluation of these trends by different living-arrangements. Using data from the ONS Longitudinal Study (LS) and applying hazard regression models, the project investigates mortality by partnership and family status in England and Wales between 2001 and 2011. By analysing all-cause mortality, we show significant mortality differences by marital status with married people exhibiting lower mortality levels than non-married individuals; cohabiting (living with a partner) explains only some differences. We further analyse cause-specific mortality by marital status. Controlling for socio-economic factors and living arrangements, we investigate causes of death by marital status to gain a better understanding of the role of health selection and health protection. (Cause-specific analysis is in progress and will be complete by end of June.) We present findings for men and women in different age-groups between 30 and 85 years.

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Output from project: 0301675

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