The Long Arm of Childhood Health: Linking Childhood Disability to Late Midlife Mental Health

TitleThe Long Arm of Childhood Health: Linking Childhood Disability to Late Midlife Mental Health
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLatham, K
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume37
Issue1
Pagination82-102
KeywordsAdult children, Event History/Life Cycle, Health Conditions and Status
Abstract

A growing body of research underscores the early origins of health in later life; however, relatively little is known about the relationship between childhood physical health and adult mental health. This research explores the relationship between childhood disability and depressive symptoms among a nationally representative sample of late midlife adults (N = 3,572). Using data from Waves 8 10 (2006 2010) of the Health and Retirement Study, a series of ordinary least squares regression models were created to assess the number of depressive symptoms. Childhood disability was significantly associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms; however, late midlife social and health factors accounted for differences between those with and without childhood disability. Late midlife physical health appeared to be a particularly salient mediator. Individuals who experience childhood disability may accumulate more physical impairment over the life course, thus experiencing worse mental health such as greater depressive symptoms in late midlife.

URLhttp://roa.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/02/23/0164027514522276.abstract
DOI10.1177/0164027514522276
Endnote Keywords

childhood disability/mental health/depressive symptoms/life course

Endnote ID

999999

Citation Key8176
PubMed ID25651552
PubMed Central IDPMC4318263