Smoking and Mortality Risk

By: Martin, Leslie R., Friedman, Howard S. Clark, Kathleen M., and Joan S. Tucker.

Using data from the Terman Life-Cycle Study, these researchers find that parental divorce during childhood is positively associated with risk for future unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, leading to increased mortality risk in adulthood.

Longevity following the experience of parental divorce. Social Science and Medicine 61 (10): 2177-90.