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Offspring Resources and the Racial Gap in Dementia Onset

Friday, October 29, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Jenjira Yahirun

Black-White Differences in the Link Between Offspring Social Mobility and Parents' Cognitive Health

Dr. Jenjira Yahirun
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bowling Green State University

October 29, 2021
11 am - 12 pm

Delivered on Zoom

Research documents the positive health benefits that stem from having highly-educated adult children. Yet we know less about whether the effects of offspring education vary by the process through which that education is attained and whether these associations vary across racial groups. In this study, we ask whether offspring educational mobility is tied to parents’ dementia onset and whether these associations vary for Black vs. White parents in the United States. Using data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (2000-2012), we find that generationally disadvantaged parents have the highest risk of dementia onset and that generationally advantaged parents have the lowest risk. The racial gap in dementia onset is largest among generationally disadvantaged parents, and the gradient between generational resources and dementia risk is wider for Black compared to White parents. Combined, the results highlight how offspring resources may help to reduce racial disparities in cognitive health.

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