In the light of a still prevalent view that health inequalities are an invariant feature of the life-course, this paper re-examines the thesis that youth, in contrast to childhood, is characterised by relative equality in health, and proposes a process of equalisation to account for changes in the social class patterning of certain dimensions of health between these life stages.
The evidence relating to the relationship between class of background and health over the early years is first reviewed, focusing on seven dimensions of health : mortality, chronic illness, specific conditions, self-rated health, symptoms of acute illness, accidents and injuries, and mental health.
The overall picture is consistent with a conclusion of relative equality of health in youth with one major exception, severe chronic illness, which particularly on the evidence of the 1991 British Census is class differentiated from infancy.
In respect of other dimensions of health, notably symptoms, non-fatal accidents and (probably) mental health, there is evidence of a change in class patterning between childhood and youth consistent with a hypothesis of equalisation. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Inégalité, Classe sociale, Statut socioéconomique, Epidémiologie, Mortalité, Morbidité, Adolescent, Homme, Enfant
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Inequality, Social class, Socioeconomic status, Epidemiology, Mortality, Morbidity, Adolescent, Human, Child
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0281504
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 15/07/1997.