Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
RUIZ-PANTOJA, Teresita Elisa and HAM-CHANDE, Roberto. Childhood health and social factors associated to elderly morbidity. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2007, vol.49, suppl.4, pp.s495-s504. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342007001000009.
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to determinate if health status of the elderly in Mexico at the beginning of the 21st. Century is associated to earlier social and health conditions during child-hood, including sex differences. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The research was conducted using survey data from the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) 2001. RESULTS: Linear regression models point out that life styles during childhood and adulthood are not independent, both influencing morbidity in elderly years. CONCLUSION: Parents' education and household characteristics through childhood represent main protection factors; however, this finding cannot be generalized.
Keywords : aging; health; socioeconomic factors; childhood; Mexico.