Title

How Cohabitation Affects Risk of Mortality Post-Widowhood

Date

5-29-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Session Chair

Daryl Thomas

Session Chair

Janet Roberts

Session Chair

Natalie DeWitt

Session Title

Health/ Physical Education/Exercise Science Poster Session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Siobhan Maty

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Reviewing the literature on the widowhood effect (phenomenon that a person’s risk of mortality increases post-widowhood) shows little is known regarding how social ties relate. We designed a study to investigate the association between different states of cohabitation (living alone/not living alone) on risk of mortality within one year post-widowhood. We propose an observational cohort study design to see the outcome (mortality) as it develops after exposure (widowhood); a large sample size ensures good statistical power. We anticipate persons living alone will be more likely to die within one year post-widowhood compared to persons who do not live alone post-widowhood.

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May 29th, 9:00 AM May 29th, 11:00 AM

How Cohabitation Affects Risk of Mortality Post-Widowhood

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Reviewing the literature on the widowhood effect (phenomenon that a person’s risk of mortality increases post-widowhood) shows little is known regarding how social ties relate. We designed a study to investigate the association between different states of cohabitation (living alone/not living alone) on risk of mortality within one year post-widowhood. We propose an observational cohort study design to see the outcome (mortality) as it develops after exposure (widowhood); a large sample size ensures good statistical power. We anticipate persons living alone will be more likely to die within one year post-widowhood compared to persons who do not live alone post-widowhood.