|Title||Family Member Death and Subjective Life Expectancy Among Black and White Older Adults.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||Forthcoming|
|Authors||Donnelly, R, Umberson, DJ, Pudrovska, T|
|Journal||Journal of Aging and Health|
|Keywords||Bereavement, Mortality, Racial/ethnic differences|
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether exposure to family member deaths throughout the life course is associated with subjective life expectancy-a person's assessment of their own mortality risk-at age 65, with attention to differences by race.
METHOD: We analyzed 11 waves of data from a study of men and women above age 50 (Health and Retirement Study; n = 13,973).
RESULTS: Experiencing the deaths of multiple family members before the respondent is 50 years old is negatively associated with subjective life expectancy at age 65.
DISCUSSION: Understanding the life-course predictors of older adults' subjective life expectancy is particularly important because survival expectations influence long-term planning, health, and longevity. Moreover, Black Americans are exposed to more family member deaths earlier in their life compared with White Americans, with implications for long-term health and well-being.
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|Alternate Journal||J Aging Health|
|Grant List||P2C HD042849 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States |
R01 AG054624 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
T32 HD007081 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States