Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 291–308 | Cite as

The Navajo–U.S. Population Mortality Crossover since the Mid-20th Century

  • Russell Thornton


Mortality crossovers at older ages have been observed when comparing different populations, particularly disadvantaged populations with advantaged populations. A growing body of research indicates that mortality convergences to actual crossovers are real and not a result of overstating of age at the older ages. Only recently have the mortality experiences of Native Americans been compared with those of other Americans; specific Native American tribal populations have not been examined, however. Presented here are the mortality experiences of the Navajo and those of the total U.S. population and U.S. white population since the mid-20th century. Comparison provides further support to findings that convergences and crossovers actually occur between disadvantaged and advantaged populations.

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  • Russell Thornton
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  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesGermany

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