Birthdate and mortality: an evaluation of the death-dip/death-rise

Sociol Focus. 1991 Feb;24(1):13-28. doi: 10.1080/00380237.1991.10570577.


The effect on mortality of socially significant events is examined using birth date as the criterion date for a large sample from official state mortality records for Ohio. The sample consisted of all deaths from natural causes for 1979-1981. "The findings show that there is a greater tendency for persons to die within thirty days after the date of birth than before. More specifically, there was a statistically significant pattern of increased mortality for those who were never married and for ill-defined causes of death. A theoretical foundation and a brief interpretation of these findings is offered."

MeSH terms

  • Americas
  • Cause of Death*
  • Cohort Studies*
  • Demography
  • Developed Countries
  • Marital Status
  • Marriage
  • Mortality*
  • North America
  • Ohio
  • Population
  • Population Characteristics
  • Population Dynamics
  • Research
  • Single Person*
  • Time Factors*
  • United States
  • Vital Statistics*