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Sociodemographic Differentials in Adult Mortality: A Review of Analytic Approaches

Robert A. Hummer, Richard G. Rogers and Isaac W. Eberstein
Population and Development Review
Vol. 24, No. 3 (Sep., 1998), pp. 553-578
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/2808154
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2808154
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

Sociodemographic differences in US adult mortality, although increasingly better documented, remain poorly understood. Differential mortality studies often adopt descriptive approaches that are narrow in scope and conceptually ambiguous. Following a discussion of the conventional approches used to analyze differentials in adult mortality, the authors pose a series of questions aimed at encouraging research on differential mortality along new, causally pertinent directions. These include the modeling of differential mortality in a proximate determinants perspective, the incorporation of time into differential mortality models, the inclusion of more refined outcome easures, and the use of a macro-level perspective to better understand mortality differentials. Examples of recent studies expanding in these directions are briefly described.

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