Publication type: Article
Author(s): N Agahi, B Shaw, S Fors
Publication: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Year published: 2014
Why this Article: This paper is an unusual panel study that is able to link childhood experiences to adult health. It shows that social and economic disadvantages in childhood are associated with an earlier onset and a faster progression of functional health problems from midlife into old age. Mediational analyses suggest that it is differences in foundational factors like education, rather than differences in behaviors, like smoking, that primarily explain some of these associations.