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Socioeconomic, Marital Status Affect Death From Accidents

FRIDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Both socioeconomic status (SES) and marital status are important factors impacting mortality risk from unintentional injuries, according to research published online Sept. 29 in Social Science Research.

Justin T. Denney, Ph.D., from Rice University in Houston, and Monica He, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, merged epidemiological studies and social theories to examine deaths from unintentional injuries using 20 years of nationally representative survey data, linked to prospective mortality.

The researchers found that SES and marital status were essential features of accident mortality risk. Compared to those who were married, people who were divorced or separated were 2.6 times more likely to die from the most preventable accidents, 1.5 times more likely to die from less preventable accidents, and equally likely to die from the least preventable forms of accidental death. Similarly, socially disadvantaged people (the least educated respondents) were 2.4 times more likely to die from the most preventable, 1.5 times more likely to die from less preventable, and equally likely to die from the least preventable types of accidental death, compared to the most educated participants.

"This study extends our knowledge of the social contributors to a leading cause of death that may have substantial implications on overall disparities in length of life," the authors write.

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