04 Aug Young Fathers May Die Early
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Elina Einiö PhD
Population Research Unit, Department of Social Research
University of Helsinki Finland
Medical Research: What is the background for this study?
Response: Some previous studies have shown that young fatherhood is associated
with poorer health and higher later-life mortality. It was unclear
whether the association is credible, in the sense that mortality and
young fatherhood just appear to be associated because both are
determined by family related social and genetic characteristics.
Medical Research: What are the main findings?
Response: Men who had their first child before age 22 or at ages 22-24 had a
higher risk of dying early in middle age than their brothers who had
their first child at the average age of 25-26 years.
These findings suggest a causal effect of young fatherhood on midlife
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Response: Parenting at a young age can be challenging, and it is important that
clinicians recognize that it is not only the young mothers, but also
the young fathers that may need support.
Young fathers, who participate in parenting, should invest in their
own well-being as well.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: There is a need for cause-specific mortality analyses in order to
understand the processes leading to the excess mortality of young
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Elina Einiö PhD (2015). Young Fathers May Die Early MedicalResearch.com