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social problems

Miquel Porta

Edited by John M. Last

in A Dictionary of Public Health

Second edition


Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191844386

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A range of adverse conditions in society, sometimes called “social pathology,” that have obvious adverse effects on personal and population health; e.g., family breakdown, unemployment, overcrowding, and slum housing. There is often a vicious circle in which the social problems or conditions aggravate health problems, such as alcohol or substance abuse, that in turn make the victims even less employable....

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Subjects: Medicine and Health ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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