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08 October 2019

The scars of the past? Childhood health and health differentials in later life

This study examined the relationship between self-rated childhood health, exposure to parental smoking growing up, and missing school for 30 or more consecutive days due to a health event and physical functioning in adulthood. The variation in the level of later-life physical functioning was associated with childhood health, but poor childhood health was not associated with the rate of physical functioning decline. Women who reported poor self-rated childhood health reported worse physical functioning compared with men who reported poor self-rated childhood health.