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Reasons for discontinuation of contraceptive use in India by socioeconomic group

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Visiting Scientist Sanjay Monhanty, PhD, is co-author on a working paper published by the Asia Research Institute (ARI) that explores the reasons behind the discontinuation of contraceptives in India, and leads to some recommendations on ways to improve the continuation of use.

Promoting healthy aging in developing countries; a look at Chinese vs. Indian contexts

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Sanjay Mohanty, PhD, has published a Comment in a special issue of The Journal of the Economics of Ageing dedicated to the economic implications of population aging in China and India, which is co-edited by Pop Center faculty member David Bloom, PhD. The comment is in response to the article Healthy Aging in China, also appearing in this special issue.

Childhood abuse linked to mental illness among chronically homeless

Adam.LippertHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Adam Lippert, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Sociological Inquiry that finds that the chronically homeless –  a population much more likely to suffer from mental illness – are also more likely to have experienced early childhood abuse, a risk factor frequently overlooked during clinical intake, which typically focuses more on current risks, such as chronic illness, nighttime sleeping arrangements, and access to services.

Christina Roberto in the news on reframing obesity debate

robertoIn this article in MedicalXpress, Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, (who was lead author of this recent article in a special series of The Lancet devoted to obesity) shares insights into the complex relationship between individuals and their environments.

Matt Wray comments in “Poor Whites Need Jesus and Justice Too”

9-bow-streetHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alum Matt Wray, PhD, shares some insights from his 2006 book Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness in this op-ed in The Christian Post on evangelicals and their apparent lack of focus on lower-class white people.

Social participation benefits health, & better health benefits social participation

Hessl_Bell FellowHarvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Philipp Hessel, PhD, has co-authored a study published in Ageing & Society that sheds light on the reciprocal relationship between health and social participation based on evidence from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

Is education a factor in mortality gap between U.S. & Europe?

Berkman_Lisa_croppedHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Mauricio Avendano, PhD, are co-authors on a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that suggests that the larger educational disparities in mortality in the United States partly explain why US adults have higher mortality than their European counterparts. Although more evidence is needed, the study suggests that policies to reduce mortality among the lower educated could be necessary to bridge the mortality gap between the United States and European countries.

Peers influence sexual activity among adolescents in Ghana

5d57ed7af789847cbedc9b5eab9f6a11_400x400Former Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar Jeffrey “Bart” Bingenheimer, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Studies in Family Planning that explores the influences of peers on the sexual activity of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Findings suggest that the most effective strategy to target at-risk adolescent boys would include peer-based interventions.