, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 213–227 | Cite as

Estimation of mortality from orphanhood in adulthood

  • Ian M. Timeeus


This paper extends earlier research into methods for estimating adult mortality from information on the recent incidence of orphanhood. It presents a series of regression coefficients for estimating female and male mortality from synthetic cohort data on the subsequent orphanhood of those who had a living mother or father at exact age 20. Such information can be obtained either where questions about parental survival have been asked in two inquiries or by asking retrospectively about dates of orphanhood in a single survey. Although the method is somewhat sensitive to errors in the reporting of ages and dates, it is a promising source of up-to-date estimates of adult mortality that are free from bias due to the underreporting of the orphanhood of young children (“the adoption effect”).


Adult Mortality Parental Survival Cohort Data Male Mortality Living Parent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian M. Timeeus
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  1. 1.Centre for Population StudiesLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineLondonEngland

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