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October 21, 2021

Family Configurations Consider Interrelations Among Family Characteristics

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Andrés Castro, researcher at the MPIDR, and colleagues provide an in-depth description of family configurations in low- and middle-income countries and find correlations that explain trends that have been characterized as paradoxical in previous studies. more

October 05, 2021

Women in Europe Are Less Likely to Have a Mammogram After They Retire

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Retirement reduces secondary preventive care use among European women. MPIDR-Researcher Peter Eibich and a colleague suggest that access to healthcare may play a role in explaining their finding. more

September 30, 2021

COVID-19: Period Life Expectancy Drops Significantly due to Pandemic

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MPIDR-Researcher Jonas Schöley and an international team of demographers calculated that period life expectancy in European countries and the United States dropped by several months or even years in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Men in the U.S. lost the most, an average of 2.2 years. In Germany, by contrast, period life expectancy for both men and women has fallen by only a few months. more

September 13, 2021

Simultaneous Care Time Demands are Higher for Parents in the Global South

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It is a particular challenge for individuals to take care of their frail parents and their own young children at the same time in life. This phenomenon is and will continue to be more common in countries of the Global South than in the Global North. That is what a new study by MPIDR Researcher Diego Alburez-Gutierrez and colleagues finds after analyzing demographic microsimulations using United Nations data. more

September 03, 2021

Life Expectancy: Steady Increase Since 1750

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Scholars in the Holy Roman Empire could expect to live for about 60 years as early as at the close of the Middle Ages. But their life expectancy did not climb any further right into the 18th century. Just the contrary, the Thirty Years' War brought a severe mortality crisis. more

August 30, 2021

Health Status of Immigrant Teenagers Differs in Each Generation

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Adolescents with one immigrant and one native parent face a higher level of health care needs, compared to adolescents with either both immigrant or native parents. This holds especially true for mental health problems. This is what a recent study by MPIDR Researcher Silvia Loi and colleagues found by analyzing Finnish register data. more

August 19, 2021

Mothers May Experience the Death of an Adult Child More Often

The first global estimates of mothers mourning the loss of a child shed light on how many families have experienced such deaths. Demographic projections by MPIDR researcher Diego Alburez-Gutierrez and colleagues suggest that ‘child death’ will increasingly come to mean the death of adult offspring. more

August 02, 2021

Not Just Later, but Fewer: Women in Nordic Countries Now Have Less Children

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Fertility in Nordic countries declined in the 2010s. Women now not only have children later in their lives, but also fewer. This is what MPIDR Research Fellow Julia Hellstrand and MPIDR Director Mikko Myrskylä found for the first time by analyzing up-to-date data from the Human Fertility Database (HFD) and Nordic statistical agencies. more

July 29, 2021

Postponed Retirement Slows Cognitive Decline

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Postponing retirement is protective against cognitive decline. The beneficial effect is related to a slowed rate of cognitive decline rather than a boost in cognitive function. That is what a recent study by MPIDR researcher Angelo Lorenti and colleagues found by analyzing data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study. more

July 28, 2021

Mortality Risk After Widowhood: For Some Immigrants, It Is Even Higher

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Do persons with an immigrant background have an even higher risk of dying after being widowed than native-born persons? An international team including MPIDR researchers answers this question in their recent study. more

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.