Poverty across the life-course and health

George Davey Smith and David Gordon

in Tackling inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303633 | DOI:
Poverty across the life-course and health

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This chapter examines socio-economic inequalities and health differences over the life-course. It considers the independent effects of childhood and adult social circumstances and their impact on health, and suggests that the effects of poverty in childhood have far-reaching consequences in both childhood and adult life. The chapter suggests that widening inequality, and especially growing poverty among children, does not bode well for future health trends. Offering a critical appraisal of the ability of the government's flagship policy of Health Action Zones to arrest the growth in socioeconomic inequalities in health, it recommends a range of fiscal measures aimed at improving the situation of people, especially children. With health inequality at its worst for at least 50 years, there is little that can be done about it without also tackling poverty.

Keywords: socio-economic inequalities; children poverty; Health Action Zones; health inequality

Chapter.  5812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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