Reconstructing childhood health histories.

TitleReconstructing childhood health histories.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSmith, JP
Date Published2009 May
ISSN Number1533-7790
KeywordsHumans, Income, Mental Health, Retirement, Retrospective Studies

This article provides evidence about the quality of retrospective childhood health histories given to respondents in the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Even though information on early life health events is critical, there is legitimate skepticism about the ability of older respondents to remember specific health problems that they had during childhood. The evidence presented in this article suggests that this view is too negative. Respondents appear to remember salient childhood events about themselves, such as the illnesses they had during childhood, quite well. Moreover, these physical and psychological childhood health events are important correlates of adult health during middle age.

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Alternate JournalDemography
Citation Key7302
PubMed ID21305399
PubMed Central IDPMC2831272
Grant ListP01 AG008291 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
P01 AG029409 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
P01AG008291 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
AG029409 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States