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Adult Mortality


Rogers, Richard G.; Hummer, Robert A.; & Krueger, Patrick M. (2005). Adult Mortality.. Poston, Dudley L., Jr. & Micklin, Michael (Eds.) (pp. 283-309). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.


Demographic research on adult mortality is significant for understanding the health consequences of social inequality, human behavior, biological factors, and various other forces in human populations. In turn, mortality patterns may profoundly influence the size and composition of these populations. Thus, understanding adult mortality patterns is crucial to comprehending the dynamics of human society. This chapter begins by outlining the general substantive concerns that guide demographers who conduct research on adult mortality, especially by addressing the breadth of factors with which demographers are concerned by placing these factors in a general framework. Following this introduction is a discussion of the data and methods that are commonly used to conduct research in this area. The findings of specific influences on adult mortality are then summarized, revealing variations across a number of demographic, social, and behavioral factors. Most of the methodological and substantive issues could be applied to any geographical area, but this chapter uses data from the United States to illustrate most of our points. The chapter concludes with some ideas for ongoing research in this area.


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Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research


Rogers, Richard G.
Hummer, Robert A.
Krueger, Patrick M.