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Living alone and psychological health in mid-life: The role of partnership history and parenthood status

Living alone and psychological health in mid-life: The role of partnership history and parenthood status
Living alone and psychological health in mid-life: The role of partnership history and parenthood status
This study investigates how the psychological health of British men and women living alone in mid-life is related to partnership history and parenthood status. Although living alone in mid-life is known to be associated with poor health, and despite the substantial rise in living alone in mid-life over time, little attention has been paid to the relationship between living alone and health in mid-life. Previous research has mainly focussed on health outcomes by marital status and partnership history, but has failed to take into account that those who are either single or living without a partner could be living in very different living arrangements. This study stresses that partnership and parenthood trajectories into living alone in mid-life are diverse and that these life course trajectories are in turn related to health. It uses data from Understanding Society to examine how psychological health in mid-life of those living alone in the United Kingdom is related to several partnership characteristics and the presence of non-residential children. Preliminary findings show that several aspects of partnership history matter for psychological health in mid-life and that the relation between parenthood status and psychological health is gender-specific.
Demey, Dieter
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Berrington, Ann
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Falkingham, Jane
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Demey, Dieter, Berrington, Ann, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2013) Living alone and psychological health in mid-life: The role of partnership history and parenthood status. XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference, Busan, Korea, Republic of. 25 - 30 Aug 2013.

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Abstract

This study investigates how the psychological health of British men and women living alone in mid-life is related to partnership history and parenthood status. Although living alone in mid-life is known to be associated with poor health, and despite the substantial rise in living alone in mid-life over time, little attention has been paid to the relationship between living alone and health in mid-life. Previous research has mainly focussed on health outcomes by marital status and partnership history, but has failed to take into account that those who are either single or living without a partner could be living in very different living arrangements. This study stresses that partnership and parenthood trajectories into living alone in mid-life are diverse and that these life course trajectories are in turn related to health. It uses data from Understanding Society to examine how psychological health in mid-life of those living alone in the United Kingdom is related to several partnership characteristics and the presence of non-residential children. Preliminary findings show that several aspects of partnership history matter for psychological health in mid-life and that the relation between parenthood status and psychological health is gender-specific.

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Published date: 27 August 2013
Venue - Dates: XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference, Busan, Korea, Republic of, 2013-08-25 - 2013-08-30
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 356120
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/356120
PURE UUID: e422b904-35ac-44a0-b0a3-fa6cd01bd9c6
ORCID for Ann Berrington: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1683-6668
ORCID for Maria Evandrou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2115-9358
ORCID for Jane Falkingham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7135-5875

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Date deposited: 17 Sep 2013 10:06
Last modified: 21 Nov 2021 02:57

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Author: Dieter Demey
Author: Ann Berrington ORCID iD
Author: Maria Evandrou ORCID iD
Author: Jane Falkingham ORCID iD

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