The structural inequity of intergenerational transmission of healthy life expectancies
Heeju Sohn1
1Emory University

This article utilizes the PSID to demonstrate how disadvantage in health expectancy accumulated across generations and created weaker kin networks among those with fewer socioeconomic resources. It adapts Sullivan's method to quantify how much the availability of healthy kin overlaps with the timing of when adults may need help—when they are raising children and when they experience poor health. The unequal tempos of fertility, mortality, and morbidity create discordant kin support structures for low SES families. Low SES adults spend fewer years with healthy parents, and despite earlier childbearing, the overlap of availability of healthy parents and the presence of young children is shorter than high SES adults. High SES adults enjoy more years with healthy parents who may provide more help, and their parents' health expectancies coincide with when high SES adults are raising children.