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2012 Seminar Series

Title: ‘An investigation of the association between marital history and cardiovascular disease’

Speaker: Ms Tuba Mazhari

Date & Time: Wednesday 9th May 11.00-12.00

Venue: G37 & G38


Married persons are less likely to be depressed, to die young and to report both acute and chronic conditions relative to their single and previously married counterparts. Among studies of the association between marriage and health, current marital status has been commonly employed as an exposure. The present study extends this exposure to incorporate the marital life course including previous marital status, age at first marriage, age at first marriage dissolution and marital duration. Drawing on data from the National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), also known as the 1946 birth cohort, this study aims to investigate cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevalence, in relation to marital history, for a nationally representative sample of men and women aged 65.

Preliminary analysis focusses on the association between marital history and CVD, for adults aged 53 (from the NSHD). There is some evidence that remarried men experience a higher risk of CVD, compared with men who have married, but not yet experienced a marital dissolution. There is some evidence that experiencing marriage and marital dissolution in adolescence/early adulthood is associated with a higher risk of CVD, relative to experiencing either of these marital transitions in middle age.

Tuba obtained a first class honours degree in Psychology, from City University London. She then worked as a research assistant, for CORE (Centre for Outcomes Research & Effectiveness) at UCL. Prior to starting her PhD, Tuba obtained an MSc in Social Epidemiology from UCL’s department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

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