Ageing, sickness and health in England and Wales during the mortality transition


Harris, Bernard, Gorsky, Martin, Guntupalli, Aravinda Meera and Hinde, Andrew (2011) Ageing, sickness and health in England and Wales during the mortality transition. [in special issue: The Politics of Suicide] Social History of Medicine, 24, (3), 643-665. (doi:10.1093/shm/hkq102).

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During the second half of the nineteenth century, friendly-society actuaries became increasingly concerned about an apparent increase in recorded morbidity. They attributed this increase to changes in sickness behaviour and a decline in the societies' ability to police sickness claims. These arguments have been echoed by a number of historians but others have suggested that the increase represented a real change in sickness experience. This paper addresses these arguments in three ways. It begins by exploring contemporary debates over morbidity change between 1870 and 1914. It then revisits the data on which many of these arguments were based. Finally, it presents new data from a recent study of the Hampshire Friendly Society, which shed fresh light on the pattern of age-specific morbidity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0951-631X (print)
1477-4666 (electronic)
Keywords: sickness, morbidity, friendly societies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 180791
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 13:16
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 10:57
Research Funder: ESRC
Projects:
The health and morbidity of friendly society members in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Funded by: ESRC (RES-062-23-0324)
Led by: Bernard Jonathan Harris
1 May 2007 to 30 April 2009
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/180791

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