Posted on Oct 12, 2009, 6 a.m.
Well-educated women and their male partners are more likely to live a long life than less-educated women and the men they choose as companions
A woman’s education is a stronger factor in her male companion’s risk of dying over the next ten years, than the man’s own education level. Robert Erikson, from Swedish Institute for Social Research (Stockholm, Sweden), and colleagues reviewed 1990 census data compiled on more than 1.5 million employed men and women, ages 30 to 59 years, who were living with a partner, and corresponding causes of death data for the years following. Men who lived with a woman without a high school education were 1.25-times more likely to die than men living with a college graduate. As well, women married to unskilled manual and routine non-manual laborers were 1.25-times more likely to die, as compared to women whose male partners were employed in managerial and professional occupations.
Robert Erikson, Jenny Torssander. “Marital partner and mortality: The effects of the social positions of both spouses.” J Epidemiol Community Health, Oct 2009; doi:10.1136/jech.2009.089623.