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Title: Effects of Timing and Level of Degree Attained on Depressive Symptoms and Self-Rated Health at Midlife
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1. Walsemann, Katrina Michelle
Bell, Bethany A.
Hummer, Robert A.
Effects of Timing and Level of Degree Attained on Depressive Symptoms and Self-Rated Health at Midlife
American Journal of Public Health 102,3 (March 2012): 557-563 .
Also: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300216
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: American Public Health Association
Keyword(s): College Education; Depression (see also CESD); Educational Attainment; Health Factors; Health, Mental; High School Diploma; Self-Reporting

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Objectives. We examined whether attaining a higher educational degree after 25 years of age was associated with fewer depressive symptoms and better self-rated health at midlife than was not attaining a higher educational degree.

Methods. We analyzed data from National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, restricting our sample to respondents who had not attained a bachelor's degree by 25 years of age (n = 7179). We stratified all regression models by highest degree attained by 25 years of age.

Results. Among respondents with no degree, a high school diploma, or a post–high school certificate at 25 years of age, attaining at least a bachelor's degree by midlife was associated with fewer depressive symptoms and better self-rated health at midlife compared with respondents who did not attain a higher degree by midlife. Those with an associate's degree at 25 years of age who later attained a bachelor's degree or higher reported better health at midlife.

Conclusions. Attaining at least a bachelor's degree after 25 years of age is associated with better midlife health. Other specifications of educational timing and its health effects across the life course should be studied.

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Walsemann, Katrina Michelle, Bethany A. Bell and Robert A. Hummer. "Effects of Timing and Level of Degree Attained on Depressive Symptoms and Self-Rated Health at Midlife." American Journal of Public Health 102,3 (March 2012): 557-563 .