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Health inequalities during adulthood: 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346742.003.0010
Health inequalities during adulthood: research evidence

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This chapter examines research evidence concerning health inequalities during adulthood. It discusses the result of lifecourse research suggesting that both childhood and adult circumstances influence health variations. The chapter describes the complex picture that emerges of the determinants of social inequalities in adult mortality. The research also indicates that the relative importance of early and later life determinants of mortality varies according to cause of death and that the differential effects of childhood and adult exposures may also change over time.

Keywords: health inequalities; adulthood; research evidence; health variations; social inequalities; adult mortality; childhood; lifecourse research

Chapter.  19581 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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