Anticipated results

We expect to examine the associations between prenatal or early postnatal exposure to bereavement (the death of a close family relative) and a range of health outcomes in later life, including:

  • Overall and cause-specific mortality
  • Birth outcomes
  • Hospitalization due to physical illness
  • Hospitalization due to psychiatric illness
  • Medication use
  • Visit to general practitioner (GP)    
  • The biomarkers for the link between prenatal stress and susceptibility