The role of education in explaining trends in selfrated health in the United States, 1972–2018

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Abstract

BACKGROUND The percentage of older adults in the United States reporting being in good health has increased since the 1980s. OBJECTIVE This study tries to explain long-term trends in self-rated health in the United States. METHODS We used 47 years of repeated cross-sectional data from the National Health Interview Survey to estimate regression models that predict trends in self-rated health. RESULTS Our results show that the improvement in self-rated health of men as well as women aged 50–84 is largely explained by gains in educational attainment. Self-rated health has slightly improved among those with post-secondary education, while it did not improve among those without post-secondary education. CONTRIBUTION This study is one of the few to try to explain long-term trends in self-rated health. It does so for a much longer period of time than any previous study.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)383-398
Number of pages16
JournalDemographic Research
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography

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