Home Grown Talent Seminars@CMIST - Bram Vanhoutte
|Starts:||12:00 14 Apr 2015|
|Ends:||13:00 14 Apr 2015|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||Current University students, University staff|
The Home Grown Talent Seminars@CMIST events showcase the work of Manchester-based early career researchers. In this instalment of this series, which is held at lunchtime, Bram Vanhoutte (CMIST) will deliver a talk entitled 'Selection, adaptation and early life (dis)advantage: later life health and well-being of English migrants to Australia'.
Between 1945 and 1972, more than 1 million people migrated from the UK and Ireland to Australia, which substantially contributed to making them the largest immigrant group in the country (DIMA, 2001). Focusing on the long term health impact of this specific migration, we compare health and wellbeing in later life of English baby boomers who migrated, with English who remained in England and Australian born Australians.
Data and Methods
We use the Australian Life Histories and Health (LHH) survey, which includes a significant share of English migrants, and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), to compared group differences in mental health (CES-D), self-rated health, physical health and subjective quality of life (CASP) among people aged 60 to 64 years in 2010. By using additional information in each survey we equally try to trace the influence of cumulative advantage for the English Migrant cohort.
Migration selection is evident, in the sense that English migrants to Australia are better educated than other English, which results in a more favourable position in later life as well, which is especially evident in the higher subjective quality of life. Although Australians reported higher rates of child abuse and poorer health than the English, these unfavourable aspects of the life course appear to be overcome by higher levels of education, being more likely to be partnered, and greater club membership. Physical health is better among both English and English migrants than Australians. Additional data show that this could point to more hazardous working environments and/or more risk-taking behaviour for Australians compared to the other two groups.
Light lunch provided.
Role: Research Associate
Organisation: University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
Humanities Bridgeford Street