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Am J Public Health. 2002 Apr;92(4):640-5.

Early adult characteristics and mortality among inner-city African American women.

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Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA. nastone@jhsph.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined predictors of longevity in a cohort of inner-city African American women.

METHODS:

Data were derived from a cohort study of inner-city African American mothers whose median age in 1966 was 31 years. Analyses involved single-decrement life tables and pooled logistic regression.

RESULTS:

Giving birth for the first time before age 25 and having at least a high school education predicted longevity in this sample. Effects of later age at first delivery in terms of mortality risk were stronger after 55 years and, especially, after 70 years.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings offer support for Geronimus's weathering hypothesis. Predictors of longevity among African Americans may be distinct from predictors for the population as a whole.

PMID:
11919065
PMCID:
PMC1447130
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.92.4.640
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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