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Does losing a parent early influence the education you obtain? A nationwide cohort study in Denmark

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  • B L Høeg
  • C Johansen
  • J Christensen
  • K Frederiksen
  • S Oksbjerg Dalton
  • P Bøge
  • A Dencker
  • A Dyregrov
  • P E Bidstrup
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Background: Health inequalities are rooted in education and we investigate the association between early parental death and attainment across the educational spectrum.

Methods: Using total population data on Danes born between 1982 and 2000 (n = 1 043 813), we assess incidence rate ratios (RRs) by gender for attainment of each educational level (basic school, high school or vocational training, bachelor degree or professional programme, and university graduate degree) according to loss of a parent before the age of 18 years. We adjust for family income, education and psychiatric illness and examine parent's gender, cause of death and child's age at time of death as potential moderators.

Results: Bereaved people had significantly lower attainment rates than non-bereaved people: basic school (RR = 0.95; 95% CI: 0.93-0.97 for men and 0.96; 0.94-0.98 for women), high school or vocational training (0.78; 0.76-0.80 for men and 0.82; 0.80-0.84 for women), bachelor degree or professional programme (0.74; 0.70-0.79 for men and 0.83; 0.79-0.86 for women) and university graduate degree (0.77; 0.68-0.86 for men and 0.77; 0.69-0.86 for women). Parent's gender, cause of death and child's age at the death did not modify the associations.

Conclusions: As education impacts population health, support for bereaved school children may be more important than realized.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Public Health
Volume41
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)296-304
Number of pages9
ISSN1741-3842
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Publication statusPublished - 2019

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