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The Role of Health Behaviors in Social Differentials in Mortality

Kieron Barclay, Jo Mhairi Hale, Pekka Martikainen, Alyson van Raalte, Mikko Myrskylä, Maarten Jacob Bijlsma, Karen van Hedel, Yaoyue Hu

Members of lower socioeconomic groups may have a higher mortality than members of higher socioeconomic groups because they are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior. This project assesses the varying roles that alcohol and smoking may play in social variations in health.  Detailed Description

Research Keywords:

Ageing, Mortality and Longevity, Family Behavior, Life Course

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Aburto, J. M.; Riffe, T.; Canudas Romo, V.:
BMJ Open 8:7, e022350–e022350. (2018)
Herttua, K.; Östergren, O.; Lundberg, O.; Martikainen, P.:
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 71:12, 1168–1176. (2017)
Mäkelä, P.; Herttua, K.; Martikainen, P.:
Alcohol and Alcoholism 50:6, 661–669. (2015)
van Raalte, A. A.; Myrskylä, M.; Martikainen, P.:
Demographic Research 32:20, 589–620. (2015)
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