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Early-life mortality clustering in families: A literature review

van Dijk, Ingrid LU (2019) In Population Studies 73(1). p.79-99
Abstract
Research on early-life mortality in contemporary and historical populations has shown that infant and child mortality tend to cluster in a limited number of high-mortality families, a phenomenon known as ‘mortality clustering’. This paper is the first to review the literature on the role of the family in early-life mortality. Contemporary results, methodological and theoretical shortfalls, recent developments, and opportunities for future research are all discussed in this review. Four methodological approaches are distinguished: those based on sibling deaths, mother heterogeneity, thresholds, and excess deaths in populations. It has become clear from research to date that the death of an older child harms the survival chances of younger... (More)
Research on early-life mortality in contemporary and historical populations has shown that infant and child mortality tend to cluster in a limited number of high-mortality families, a phenomenon known as ‘mortality clustering’. This paper is the first to review the literature on the role of the family in early-life mortality. Contemporary results, methodological and theoretical shortfalls, recent developments, and opportunities for future research are all discussed in this review. Four methodological approaches are distinguished: those based on sibling deaths, mother heterogeneity, thresholds, and excess deaths in populations. It has become clear from research to date that the death of an older child harms the survival chances of younger children in that family, and that fertility behaviour, earlier stillbirths, remarriages, and socio-economic status all explain mortality clustering to some extent. (Less)
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Population Studies
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73
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1
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79 - 99
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Routledge
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1477-4747
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10.1080/00324728.2018.1448434
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English
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  author       = {van Dijk, Ingrid},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {79--99},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Population Studies},
  title        = {Early-life mortality clustering in families: A literature review},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00324728.2018.1448434},
  doi          = {10.1080/00324728.2018.1448434},
  volume       = {73},
  year         = {2019},
}