Stat of the day

Charles Cowling

 

 

A study in Finland (1996) found that men are 30% more likely to die in the first six months after the death of their partner, and 20% more likely to die thereafter. 

Women, on the other hand, are 20% more likely to die in the first six months after the death of their partner, falling to under 10% thereafter.

What this tells us I have no idea. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan
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Jonathan

By the way, there’s nothing sexist about the above, I chose the men’s results for convenience; for the rest of the study, replace ‘he’ with ‘she’ and substitue ‘20%’ for ‘30%’.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

What it tells us is how easy it is to manipulate the public’s impressions of the truth by sleight of handfuls of stats. What does ‘more likely to die’ actually mean? More than what? Than others whose spouses live on, presumably, though we’re not told that in this soundbite. But how did they work out the likelihood of death, whatever that means? And do these stats apply equally regardless of age? I doubt it, but again we’re not told and have to assume it’s some sort of average of the men in the study (how many men? One? Fifty?); so… Read more »

Evelyn
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Don’t get married?

Charles Cowling
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What a good point, Bryan. No start-to-finish if you’re Finnish. Stats, eh?

Bryan
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That 50% of Finnish men and 70% of Finnish women aren’t going to die?

Phoebe Hoare
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Phoebe Hoare

Heart v mind on BBC iPlayer might help answer that! http://www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/iplayer/episode/b01kpvj1