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Early adult characteristics and mortality among inner-city African American women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11919065     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Nan Marie Astone; Margaret Ensminger; Hee Soon Juon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-28     Completed Date:  2002-04-05     Revised Date:  2013-11-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  640-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / statistics & numerical data*
Chicago / epidemiology
Cohort Studies
Longitudinal Studies
Maternal Age
Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data*
Mothers / statistics & numerical data
Poverty Areas
Risk Factors
Social Support
Socioeconomic Factors
Urban Health*
Women's Health*
Grant Support
1R01 MH 52336-01/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; P30 HD 06268/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 MH052336/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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