Coronary Heart Disease From a Life-Course Approach: Findings From the Health and Retirement Study, 1998-2004

TitleCoronary Heart Disease From a Life-Course Approach: Findings From the Health and Retirement Study, 1998-2004
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBowen, ME
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume22
Issue2
Pagination219
Call Numbernewpubs20100519_Bowen.pdf
KeywordsDemographics, Event History/Life Cycle, Health Conditions and Status
Abstract

Guided by a life-course approach to chronic disease, this study examined the ways in which childhood deprivation (low parental education and father's manual occupation) may be associated with coronary heart disease (CHD). Multilevel modeling techniques and a nationally representative sample of Americans above age 50 from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS; N = 18,465) were used to examine childhood and CHD relationships over the course of 6 years (1998- 2004). Having a father with 8 years of education was associated with 11 higher odds of CHD, accounting for demographic characteristics, adult socioeconomic status (SES; education, income, and wealth), CHD risks (diabetes, hypertension, cigarette smoking, and obesity), and other factors (childhood health, exercise, stroke, and marital status). Policies and programs aimed at improving the conditions of poor children and their families may effectively reduce the prevalence of CHD in later life.

Endnote Keywords

Life Cycle/health Status/socioeconomic Status/health risk

Endnote ID

21880

Citation Key7439
PubMed ID20056814