Volume 42 - Article 12 | Pages 383–398  

The role of education in explaining trends in self-rated health in the United States, 1972–2018

By Jona Schellekens, Anat Ziv

Abstract

Background: The percentage of older adults in the United States reporting being in good health has increased since the 1980s.

Objective: This study tries to explain long-term trends in self-rated health in the United States.

Methods: We used 47 years of repeated cross-sectional data from the National Health Interview Survey to estimate regression models that predict trends in self-rated health.

Results: Our results show that the improvement in self-rated health of men as well as women aged 50–84 is largely explained by gains in educational attainment. Self-rated health has slightly improved among those with post-secondary education, while it did not improve among those without post-secondary education.

Contribution: This study is one of the few to try to explain long-term trends in self-rated health. It does so for a much longer period of time than any previous study.

Author's Affiliation

Other articles by the same author/authors in Demographic Research

Maternal education and infant mortality decline: The evidence from Indonesia, 1980–2015
Volume 45 - Article 24

Does the association between children and happiness vary by level of religiosity? The evidence from Israel
Volume 41 - Article 5

Religiosity and marital fertility among Muslims in Israel
Volume 39 - Article 34

The decline in consanguineous marriage among Muslims in Israel: The role of education
Volume 37 - Article 61

Most recent similar articles in Demographic Research

Measuring the educational gradient of period fertility in 28 European countries: A new approach based on parity-specific fertility estimates
Volume 49 - Article 34    | Keywords: education, Europe, period fertility, quantum, tempo, total fertility rate (TFR)

A Bayesian model for the reconstruction of education- and age-specific fertility rates: An application to African and Latin American countries
Volume 49 - Article 31    | Keywords: age, Bayesian analysis, education, fertility estimation, fertility rates

Educational reproduction in Sweden: A replication of Skopek and Leopold 2020 using Swedish data
Volume 48 - Article 25    | Keywords: differential fertility, education, prospective models, reproduction, social mobility, Sweden

A register-based account of period trends in union prevalence, entries, and exits by educational level for men and women in Finland
Volume 48 - Article 14    | Keywords: cohabitation, divorce, education, Finland, marriage, register data, trends, union dissolution

Adolescent fertility and high school completion in Chile: Exploring gender differences
Volume 47 - Article 31    | Keywords: adolescent fertility, Chile, education, gender, Latin America, propensity score, selectivity