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Increasing excess mortality among non-married elderly people in developed countries

Author(s): Valkonen Tapani | Blomgren Jenni | Martikainen Pekka

Journal: Demographic Research
ISSN 1435-9871

Volume: Special collection 2;
Start page: 12;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: developed countries | marital status | mortality

This article analyses changes in marital status differences in mortality from approximately 1970 to 1995 among men and women aged 65-74 in ten developed countries (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England and Wales, Finland, France, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden). Data were obtained from the United Nations Demographic Yearbooks and national statistical sources. According to the results there has been a trend towards increasing excess mortality among single men compared to married men and single, divorced and widowed women compared to married women in most western European countries and Canada in the 1980s and 1990s. This has been brought about by a more rapid decline in mortality among married persons and a slower decline or even an increase among non-married persons. In Japan the excess mortality of non-married men and women decreased.

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