Social and economic trajectories and women’s health

Mel Bartley, Amanda Sacker and Ingrid Schoon

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI:

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

Social and economic trajectories and women’s health

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This chapter describes some of the complexity and change in women's lives, and proposes an approach to the study of socioeconomic and psychosocial pathways through the life course, as precursors of physical and mental health outcomes. The first section outlines what is known about women's socioeconomic life trajectories: the relationship between social origins and destinations, labour force participation, and their relationship to marriage and child rearing. The second section describes a theoretical and methodological approach to the analysis of the life course that takes account of social structure and changing individual characteristics over time.

Keywords: women's health; life course; physical health; mental health; socioeconomic pathways

Chapter.  9449 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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