The Mediating Role of Occupational Complexity on Educational Attainment and Cognitive Health

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Over the last few decades an increasing number of individuals in the United States have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Although there is currently no cure for ADRD, scholars argue that one third of dementia is theoretically preventable. Previous work has found that education and occupational complexity are significantly associated with ADRD. Knowing that education and occupations are intertwined, this paper aims to understand how occupational complexity mediates the role of education on cognitive health. Unlike previous work on this topic, we leverage the comprehensive measures of education in High School and Beyond to examine more than just educational attainment. Preliminary results from our mediation analysis indicate that educational attainment is significantly related to cognitive health even after including occupational complexity and the comprehensive education measures in the model. However, the predicted probability shrinks once academic success or school context are included

J. Himmelstern, University of Minnesota; J. Warren, University of Minnesota; C. Muller, The University of Texas; E. Grodsky, University of Wisconsin.

Thursday, April 13, 2023
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