Widowhood and Race

@article{Elwert2006WidowhoodAR,
  title={Widowhood and Race},
  author={Felix Elwert and N. Christakis},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  year={2006},
  volume={71},
  pages={16 - 41}
}
  • Felix Elwert, N. Christakis
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
  • The health effects of marital status are frequently cited in the current debate on marriage promotion, but little is known about how marital health effects vary across groups. This article assembles the largest properly longitudinal and nationally representative dataset of elderly married couples in the United States (N = 410,272 couples) and provides strong evidence that the “widowhood effect”—how the death of a spouse increases the mortality of the survivor-varies substantially by race. The… CONTINUE READING

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