Journal article

The effects of in-utero exposure to influenza on mental health and mortality risk throughout the life-course

Alex J Turner, Eleonora Fichera, Matt Sutton

ECONOMICS & HUMAN BIOLOGY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Studies examining the later-life health consequences of in-utero exposure to influenza have typically estimated effects on physical health conditions, with little evidence of effects on mental health outcomes or mortality. Previous studies have also relied primarily on reduced-form estimates of the effects of exposure to influenza pandemics, meaning they are unlikely to recover effects of influenza exposure at an individual-level. This paper uses inverse probability of treatment weighting and "doubly-robust" methods alongside rare mother-reported data on in-utero influenza exposure to estimate the individual-level effect of in-utero influenza exposure on mental health and mortality risk thro..

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