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Health inequalities and the role of psychosocial work factors: the Whitehall II Study

Eric Brunner

in Social inequality and public health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423207
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0008
Health inequalities and the role of psychosocial work factors: the Whitehall II Study

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The fact that material social inequalities based on income, racial discrimination, access to healthcare and the like are reflected in both individual and group health outcomes is now well accepted. More provocative is the idea that the social environment itself can affect individual health. This chapter uses data from the Whitehall II Study to show how low levels of control over one's own daily work can lead to high levels of stress that have both indirect and direct effects on health. It goes further to argue that the workplace environment directly affects human biology.

Keywords: social inequalities; racial discrimination; healthcare access; Whitehall II Study; stress levels; workplace environment; human biology

Chapter.  6179 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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