Working Paper Series, Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University
Marital Partner and Mortality: The Effects of the Social Positions of Both Spouses
() and Jenny Torssander
Abstract: Background Individual education, social class, social
status and income are all associated with mortality, and this is likewise
the case for the position of the marital partner. We investigate the
combined effect on mortality of own and partnerís positions regarding these
Prospective follow-up of information in the
1990 Census of the Swedish population aged 30-59 (N=1 502 148). Data on
all-cause mortality and deaths from cancer and circulatory disease for the
period 1991-2003 were collected from the Cause of Death Register. Relative
mortality risks were estimated by Cox regression.
mortality of both men and women differs by womenís education and status and
by menís social class and income. Menís education has an effect on their
own mortality but not on their partnerís, when other factors are included
in the models. Womenís education and menís social class are particularly
important for womenís deaths from circulatory diseases.
The partnerís social position has a clear effect on individual mortality,
and womenís education seems to be particularly important. The results
appear above all to support hypotheses about the importance of lifestyle
and economic resources for socio-economic differences in mortality.
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18 pages, May 5, 2009
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Erikson, Robert and Jenny Torssander, (2009), 'Marital partner and mortality: The effects of the social positions of both spouses.', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health,, Vol. 63, pages 992-998
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