Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2014

Publication Title

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Volume

55

Issue

1

Pages

91-106

Abstract

While many studies use parental socioeconomic status and health to predict children’s health, this study examines the interplay over time between child and maternal health across childhood and adolescence. Using data from women in the National Longitudinal Study of Youth 1979 cohort and their children (N = 2,225), autoregressive cross-lagged models demonstrate a reciprocal relationship between child activity limitations and maternal health limitations in direct effects of child activity limitations on maternal health limitations two years later and vice versa—net of a range of health-relevant time-varying and time-invariant covariates. Furthermore, there are indirect effects of child activity limitations on subsequent maternal health limitations and indirect effects of maternal health limitations on subsequent child activity limitations via intervening health statuses. This study examines how the interplay between child and maternal health unfolds over time and describes how these interdependent statuses jointly experience health disadvantages.

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Author Posting. © American Sociological Association 2014. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the American Sociological Association for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 55, 2014, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0022146513513225

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