Early life and health inequalities: research evidence

Sheena Asthana and Joyce Halliday

in What works in tackling health inequalities?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346742
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304258 | DOI:
Early life and health inequalities: research evidence

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This chapter considers research evidence that links early life factors to adverse health outcomes and discusses the significance of early life experiences to health inequalities. It suggests that it is theoretically possible to identify the kinds of policy interventions that could improve the healthy development of young children from disadvantaged backgrounds by linking epidemiological evidence that highlights key risk factors to evidence of the social context of risk. It identifies key areas for intervention which include smoking cessation, nutrition and parenting education.

Keywords: early life factors; health outcomes; health inequalities; policy intervention; young children; epidemiological evidence; risk factors; smoking cessation; nutrition; parenting education

Chapter.  19317 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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