Single motherhood before age 50 linked to poorer health later in life

Berkman_Lisa_croppedHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, is lead author on a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health that found that single motherhood before the age of 50 was associated with poorer health in later life. The association was stronger in England, the US, Denmark, and Sweden than in some of the other countries, such as those in Southern Europe, suggesting that social supports (e.g., a strong family network) may play an important role. Co-authors include Harvard Pop Center faculty members Maria Glymour, PhD, and Mauricio Avendano, PhD, and former Pop Center Fellow Erika Sabbath, ScD. The study is receiving international media attention including this article in The Telegraph and this spot on the Today Show on NBC. It is also the subject of this news brief from the Harvard. T.H. Chan School of Public Health.