Selective health-related social mobility has been suggested as one possible explanation for health inequalities.
The aim of this paper is to examine the size and significance of the contribution which health-related social mobility makes to social class differences in health.
We do this by examining the association between intergenerational social mobility and health among currently employed men and women in Britain and Finland.
We used comparable nationally representative interview surveys from Britain and Finland.
The British data is derived from the General Household Survey for 1988 and 1989, and the Finnish data from the 1986 Survey on Living Conditions.
Health measures included limiting long-standing illness and self-assessed health as below good.
Social mobility was measured comparing the respondent's class of origin (father's occupation) with his/her class of destination (own current occupation).
Social structural changes and related social mobility have been more dramatic in Finland than in Britain during the last few decades.
Downward mobility has been relatively rare, and mobility has taken place predominantly upwards.
In Finland downward mobility from upper non-manual to manual worker was associated with a somewhat higher risk of limiting long-standing illness than expected among men as well as women. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Mobilité sociale, Classe sociale, Santé, Epidémiologie, Inégalité, Sexe, Homme, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Finlande, Etude comparative, Tendance
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Social mobility, Social class, Health, Epidemiology, Inequality, Sex, Human, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Finland, Comparative study, Trend
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Cote : 97-0351170
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 12/09/1997.