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

Nan Marie Astone, Margaret Ensminger, Hee Soon Juon

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-645
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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