New Publication by HiNEWS – Parenthood and Later Life Health: An Intergenerational Life Course Analysis of Parents and Childless Adults Aged 50 and Older

by Nadine Reibling (HiNEWS)

In her recently published study in the Swiss Journal of Sociology, Nadine Reibling (together with Katja Möhring) investigated how women’s and men’s fertility history affects their health in later life with data from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). Their results show that what is more important – than if individuals become parents at all and how many children they have – is the timing of the first child. Delaying childbirth until the age of 30 years is beneficial for both men and women, but more so for mothers. However, late childbearing (>35) can also have negative health implications, again mostly for women.


Reibling, Nadine and Katja Möhring (2018) “Parenthood and Later Life Health: An Intergenerational Life Course Analysis of Parents and Childless Adults Aged 50 and Older” Swiss Journal of Sociology 44 (2), 327-354.

The publication is open access and can be found here.