Children who experience a parental divorce are over twice as likely to suffer a stroke at some point in their lives, according to new research presented at The Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting.
This finding is based on a representative community sample of over 13,000 people from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey. The data analysis was conducted by Esme Fuller-Thomson, PhD, and a team of colleagues at the University of Toronto.
“We were very surprised that the association between parental divorce and stroke remained so strong even after we had adjusted for smoking, obesity, exercise and alcohol consumption,” said Fuller-Thomson.
Of the 13,134 total study respondents, 10.4% had experienced parental divorce during their childhood, and 1.9% reported that they had been diagnosed with a stroke at some point in their lives. When adjusting for age, race and gender, the odds of stroke were approximately 2.2 times higher for those who had experienced parental divorce.
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