Emily Grundy - Family life courses and later-life health in Europe - 24/3/2015

About the lecture

Research has shown the important influence of life course circumstances and events on health and well-being at older ages. Much of the epidemiological research on this topic has focussed on the influence of early life circumstances and adult socio-economic disadvantage. However there is increasing evidence that elements of family life courses, including timing, number and spacing of births and partnership histories are also important. This may be particularly the case in later life when family resources may have greater salience than work related factors. In this presentation I will present results from research on differentials in later life health and well-being according to various dimensions of family life courses and examine how these interact with socio-economic factors. An important methodological challenge is that of dealing with various selection factors, such as the association between early life disadvantage with both subsequent family building patterns and adult health.  Approaches to this problem, including controlling for childhood disadvantage reported retrospectively and utilising contrasts between regions of Europe with different patterns of family building approaches will be included. The presentation is based on research funded by the European Research Council and draws on analyses of a range of longitudinal data sets including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing; the Surveys of health and Retirement in Europe; the Gender and Generations Surveys and Norwegian population register data.

About the speaker

Emily Grundy is a Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics where she has worked since October 2013. Previous appointments include positions at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she remains an Honorary Professor, Cambridge University, and King’s College London. Most of Emily’s research has focussed on aspects of individual or population ageing. Her main research interests are families, households and kin and social networks in later life, especially in relationship to health, associations between family life courses and health and well-being at older ages, and trends and differentials in later life health, disability and mortality.



When? 24 March 2015, 16:00 – 17:00
Where? University of Antwerp, Hof Van Liere, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp