Karen van Hedel

Karen van Hedel
Utrecht University | UU · Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science

Phd

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Introduction
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University on the ERC consolidator project CAPABLE. Previously I worked as a Research Scientist in the laboratory of Population Health at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. Before that I was affiliated with the Department of Public Health at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam as a PhD candidate.
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November 2015 - present
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Position
  • Researcher
December 2011 - June 2015
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position
  • Scientific Research / PhD candidate

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Publications (10)
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Background Previous research has shown that certain living arrangements, such as living alone, are associated with worse health at older ages. We assessed the association between living arrangements and hospital care use among middle-aged and older adults, and investigated to what extent observed and unobserved individual characteristics explain th...
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Background: Material and behavioural factors play an important role in explaining educational inequalities in mortality, but gender differences in these contributions have received little attention thus far. We examined the contribution of a range of possible mediators to relative educational inequalities in mortality for men and women separately....
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Marriage is associated with better mental health. While research on the mental health of cohabiting individuals has increased in recent years, it has yielded mixed results thus far. We assessed whether the mental health of cohabiters is comparable to that of married individuals or those living alone using longitudinal data on psychotropic medicatio...
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Background The scientific evidence-base for policies to tackle health inequalities is limited. Natural policy experiments (NPE) have drawn increasing attention as a means to evaluating the effects of policies on health. Several analytical methods can be used to evaluate the outcomes of NPEs in terms of average population health, but it is unclear w...
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Objectives: To investigate whether less-healthy work-family life histories contribute to the higher cardiovascular disease prevalence in older American compared with European women. Methods: We used sequence analysis to identify distinct work-family typologies for women born between 1935 and 1956 in the United States and 13 European countries. D...
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Labour force activity and marriage share some pathways through which they potentially influence health. In this paper, we examine whether marriage and labour force participation interact in the way they influence mortality in the USA and six European countries. We used data from the US National Health Interview Survey linked to the National Death I...
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Objectives: This study examined to what extent the higher mortality in the United States compared to many European countries is explained by larger social disparities within the United States. We estimated the expected US mortality if educational disparities in the United States were similar to those in 7 European countries. Methods: Poisson mod...

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Life Course Analysis