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The Role of Partnership Status on Late-Life Physical Function

Citation

Clouston, Sean A. P.; Lawlor, Andrea; & Verdery, Ashton M. (2014). The Role of Partnership Status on Late-Life Physical Function. Canadian Journal on Aging, 33(4), 413-425. PMCID: PMC4256949

Abstract

This study examined the socioeconomic pathways linking partnership status to physical functioning, assessed using objective measures of late life physical functioning, including peak flow and grip strength. Using Wave 4 of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), we ran multilevel models to examine the relationship between partnership status and physical function in late life, adjusting for social-network characteristics, socioeconomic factors, and health behaviours. We found a robust relationship between partnership status and physical function. Incorporating social-network characteristics, socioeconomic factors, and health behaviours showed independent robust relationships with physical function. Co-variates attenuated the impact of cohabitation, separation, and widowhood on physical function; robust effects were found for singlehood and divorce. Sex-segregated analyses suggest that associations between cohabitation, singlehood, divorce, and widowhood were larger for men than for women. Results suggest that social ties are important to improved physical function.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0714980814000282

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2014

Journal Title

Canadian Journal on Aging

Author(s)

Clouston, Sean A. P.
Lawlor, Andrea
Verdery, Ashton M.

PMCID

PMC4256949