CitationGaydosh, Lauren; Hummer, Robert A.; Hargrove, Taylor Woodland; Dole, Nancy; Halpern, Carolyn Tucker; Hussey, Jon; Whitsel, Eric A.; & Harris, Kathleen Mullan (2018). The depth of despair among midlife American adults. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Denver, CO.
AbstractWe use new data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) at Wave V to investigate contemporary indicators of despair among midlife American adults. We aim to document levels of despair among American adults, examining variation by educational attainment, race, and gender. We will examine changes in measures of despair across the early adult life course (24-42) from 2007-2017. We hypothesize that low educated whites will experience the highest levels of despair, as well as a worsening of despair across this period. We ask what sociodemographic and contextual measures predict despair, with a goal of providing a descriptive profile of individuals at greatest risk. Then we compare levels of despair across whites, blacks, and Hispanics with the same profiles, asking to what extent they can account for the observed sociodemographic patterns.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAnnual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Series TitleDeaths and diseases of despair: Drugs, alcohol, and suicide
Hummer, Robert A.
Hargrove, Taylor Woodland
Halpern, Carolyn Tucker
Whitsel, Eric A.
Harris, Kathleen Mullan