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Childbearing History and Self-Reported Well-Being in Later Life: Contrasting Older African American and White Women

Citation

Sudha, S.; Mutran, Elizabeth J.; Williams, Ishan C.; & Suchindran, Chirayath M. (2006). Childbearing History and Self-Reported Well-Being in Later Life: Contrasting Older African American and White Women. Research on Aging, 28(5), 599-621.

Abstract

The authors examined how numbers of live births and pregnancy losses affected the self-rated health and depressive symptoms of women aged 50 years and older, contrasting African Americans and Whites. The authors used data from Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities, a large, prospective study with substantial minority representation. They tested hypotheses that childbearing-history variables would influence self-rated well-being among older women and that perceived social support would mediate the associations. The authors also tested whether these associations would be stronger among older African American versus White women. The results suggest that the impact of child-bearing history is greater among older African American than White women. Pregnancy loss worsened depressive symptoms and self-rated health among African American women; the effect was reduced by social-support variables. High parity was associated with worse self-rated health among African American women, mediated by social support. Having no live births was not associated with diminished well-being among older women of any race.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0164027506289724

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2006

Journal Title

Research on Aging

Author(s)

Sudha, S.
Mutran, Elizabeth J.
Williams, Ishan C.
Suchindran, Chirayath M.