Early life conditions and familial correlations in cause-specific mortality


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of early life socioeconomic status, place of birth, and household structure on cause-specific mortality and familial clustering of cause-specific mortality in Finland during the latter half of the twentieth century. We base the analyses on a 10% sample of households drawn from the 1950 Finnish Census of Population with the follow-up of household members in subsequent censuses and death records beginning in 1970 through 2005. The proposed project is a first in a series of anticipated longitudinal analyses of individuals and families over a 50 year period. The results of the proposed project will contribute to the accumulating evidence on the associations of early life conditions on adult mortality and familial clustering of mortality. The Finnish data constitute a unique register based data set that does not rely on individual recall of early life conditions, educational attainment, occupations, and other life course trajectories

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Award Dates: 
July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
PARC Grant Year: 
Year 15