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The developmental origins of health and disease in international perspective

Steven A. Haas and Katsuya Oi

Social Science & Medicine, 2018, vol. 213, issue C, 123-133

Abstract: The developmental origins of health and disease and the comparative international approach are two important strands of research exploring population health. Despite the potential insights to be gained from integrating the two approaches, their nexus remains an underexplored frontier. The current study investigates international variation in the early life origins of health among aging cohorts in 13 countries. We examine cross-national differences in exposure to poor childhood health and socioeconomic disadvantage, whether the long-term health associations with those exposures vary across contexts, and whether they persist in the face of subsequent accumulation of socioeconomic and behavioral risk. Finally, we investigate whether childhood health and socioeconomic circumstances help explain between-country differences in later life health. The findings suggest substantial international variation in the exposure to early life health and socioeconomic insults. We also find variation in their association with later life health. However, early life factors appear to play a modest role in explaining international differences in later life health in the contexts examined here.

Keywords: Europe; SHARE; ELSA; TILDA; Life course; Co-morbidity; ADL; Mobility limitations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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