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Cause-Specific Mortality among Older African-Americans: Correlates and Consequences of Age Misreporting

Citation

Hussey, Jon M. & Elo, Irma T. (1997). Cause-Specific Mortality among Older African-Americans: Correlates and Consequences of Age Misreporting. Social Biology, 44(3-4), 227-46.

Abstract

This paper examines the quality of age reporting on death certificates of elderly African-Americans by major causes of death. We utilize a sample of death certificates linked to early census records and to Social Security Administration records to establish a "true" age at death. We then examine the patterns, predictors, and consequences of age misreporting for major causes of death. We find a pattern of greater age misreporting among females, identify educational background as a key predictor of accurate age reporting, and show that mortality crossovers are eliminated for most causes of death when more accurate age data are used.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1080/19485565.1997.9988950

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Biology

Author(s)

Hussey, Jon M.
Elo, Irma T.

Year Published

1997

Volume Number

44

Issue Number

3-4

Pages

227-46

Reference ID

4324