The Contextual and Household Contribution to Individual Health Status in Germany: What Is the Role of Gender and Migration Background?

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Abstract

Households are a long-term determinant for health outcomes and act as an important factor in the preservation and promotion of their members’ health. Because the motives and requirements to build a specific household type are culturally shaped, the influence of the household structure on individual health may be shaped by the culture of origin. We examined whether the influence of the household structure is independently associated with individual health outcomes among migrants and non-migrants in Germany. Using pooled data from more than 300,000 individuals aged 30 to 65 years in the German Microcensus 2005 and 2009, we explored health in terms of illness which lasted for at least four weeks. The generation composition of the household was used as a measure of the household structure. To account for the heterogeneity of migrants in Germany, we performed an internal differentiation of the migrant population, considering migrants in both first and second generation by distinguishing between native born Germans, Turks, Aussiedler, and people with a migration background from other countries. In addition we controlled for socioeconomic characteristics, lifestyle factors, and family characteristics.

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Georges, D., Kreft, D., & Doblhammer, G. (2018). The Contextual and Household Contribution to Individual Health Status in Germany: What Is the Role of Gender and Migration Background? In A Demographic Perspective on Gender, Family and Health in Europe (pp. 193–232). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72356-3_9

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