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Maternal longevity is associated with lower infant mortality

Caselli, Graziella and Lapucci, Enrica and Lipsi, Rosa Maria and Pozzi, Lucia and Baggio, Giovannella and Carru, Ciriaco and Deiana, Luca and Franceschi, Claudio and Vaupel, James W. (2014) Maternal longevity is associated with lower infant mortality. Demographic Research, Vol. 31 , p. 1275-1296. eISSN 1435-9871. Article.

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DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.42

Abstract

OBJECTIVE
Referring to the multidisciplinary and multipurpose survey AKeA2, and focusing on family genealogy data on centenarian women and controls, this paper aims to verify the hypothesis that maternal longevity is associated with lower infant mortality in offspring, after having controlled for fertility characteristics, familial longevity and some contextual variables.
METHODS
The association between the longevity of a mother and her children's infant mortality level was assessed using a multivariate Poisson Regression Model with robust estimates, which is suitable for estimating consistently and efficiently the relative risk when binary data are used.
RESULTS
Our results show an association between longevity and infant mortality among the children of the Sardinians who survived to become centenarians. Infant mortality is significantly lower for children belonging to a mother born and living in Sassari and Oristano than Nuoro, close to each other and both located on the Western coast.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:10511
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:AKeA2 survey, centenarians, infant mortality, longevity, Sardinia
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-S/04 Demografia
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/50 Scienze tecniche mediche applicate
Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/12 Biochimica clinica e biologia molecolare clinica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze Biomediche
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:Max Planck Institut fuer Demografische Forschung
eISSN:1435-9871
Copyright Holders:©2014 Caselli et al.
Deposited On:01 Dec 2014 18:08

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