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Childhood circumstances and height among older adults in the United States

  • Tucker-Seeley, Reginald D.
  • Subramanian, S.V.
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    We investigated the association between adult height and three indicators of childhood circumstances: mother's education, childhood financial hardship, and childhood health in the United States. Cross-sectional analysis of adults aged 50 and older in the 2004 Health and Retirement Study (NÂ =Â 14,079) was conducted. Gender and gender-race stratified regression models were used to model the association between adult height and childhood circumstances. The gender-stratified results showed a positive gradient association between mother's education and adult height; those reporting up to grade 8, high school graduate, and greater than high school education for their mother were 4.17Â cm (pÂ

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    Volume (Year): 9 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 194-202

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