Research Programme

Children's educational attainment and the longevity of parents: The impact of upward intergenerational health transfers

Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham and Alan Marshall

Project summary

Individuals themselves rarely make choices in isolation. Rather, their lives are linked to the lives of others who may influence their health in various ways. Previous research has highlighted that there are many aspects of linked lives that could be expected to have repercussions for health and well-being. Of particular interest for this project is whether parents derive a health benefit from having well-educated adult children in the UK and other European countries. With strong intergenerational relations and educational expansion, there may be an opportunity to reduce the public health burden, as well as health inequalities, within ageing societies. In this context, the importance of children’s socioeconomic resources for parents also extends current health policy debates, which emphasise individual interventions, by adding a multigenerational family perspective. This project contributes to this agenda by investigating the evidence for upward intergenerational transfers relating to parents’ longevity. 


Project activities

Date Activity Description
13 May 2015 Seminar presentation as part of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) within the Intergenerational Solidarity Initiative (ISCH COST Action IS1311) held at the University of Keele. Albert Sabater presented the seminar titled "Upward Health Transfers in Europe".
7-8 March 2016 Workshop on Longitudinal Studies and its Application in Social Policy supported by the Newton Fund, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and the Ministry of Development and Fight Against Hunger of Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil. Albert Sabater attended this event to explore potential longitudinal data sources to examine upward intergenerational transfers and to identify possible areas of interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
12-14 September 2016 Presentation at the 2016 BSPS Conference held at the University of Winchester. The paper titled “Intergenerational Influences on Physical Activity Among Older Adults in Europe” by Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham and Alan Marshall was presented at this event.







Sabater, A. and Graham, E. (2016) Intergenerational Exchanges, Children's Education and Parents' Longevity in Europe. CPC Working Paper 77, ESRC Centre for Population Change, UK.

Sabater, A. and Graham, E. (2016) The Role of Children's Education for the Mental Health of Aging Migrants in Europe. GeroPsych The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 29 (2), 81-92.


Media activities

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