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The Effects of Sociodemographic Factors on the Hazard of Dying Among Chinese Oldest Old

  • Dudley L. PostonJr
  • Hosik Min
Part of the Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 20)

Abstract

The oldest old population of China has grown in size and continues to increase. The growth is due to the combination of very low levels of fertility and longer life expectancy in China. However, there is not enough sociological and demographic literature about oldest old mortality in China. In this chapter we undertake Cox proportional hazard analyses and examine the effects of sociodemograhic factors on the hazard of dying among oldest old Chinese. Data on 7,234 oldest old Chinese who were interviewed in the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS) were used in the analyses. The results indicate that sociodemographic variables such as age, sex, and marital status are strong predictors of the hazard of dying among the oldest old Chinese after controlling for other health-related variables. In terms of the relative impact among the covariates, the age variable is the most influential factor.

Keywords

Chinese oldest-old mortality Cox proportional hazard model Hazard of dying Hazard ratio Influential factor Kaplan–Meier Curve Multicollinearity Population aging Semi-standardized hazard ratio Sociodemographic factors Strong predictors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dudley L. PostonJr
    • 1
  • Hosik Min
  1. 1.Department of SociologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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