Inequalities in mortality by social class measured at 3 stages of the lifecourse

Hart, C.L. , Davey Smith, G. and Blane, D. (1998) Inequalities in mortality by social class measured at 3 stages of the lifecourse. American Journal of Public Health, 88(3), pp. 471-474.

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OBJECTIVES: This study examined how social class, measured at 3 staged of life, contributes to mortality risk. METHODS: A cohort of employed Scottish men (n = 5567) provided their fathers' occupation and their own first and current occupations, from which social class in childhood, at labor-market entry, and at screening (1970 to 1973) was determined. Relative rates of mortality and relative indices of inequality were calculated from 21 years of follow-up. RESULTS: Mortality risk was similar at each stage of life, with men in the higher social classes having the lowest risk. Social class at screening produced the greatest relative indices of inequality. CONCLUSIONS: The widening of inequalities in mortality in adulthood suggests the importance of the accumulation of poor socioeconomic circumstances throughout life.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:mortality, social classes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hart, Dr Carole and Davey Smith, Professor George
Authors: Hart, C.L., Davey Smith, G., and Blane, D.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Research Group:Midspan
Journal Name:American Journal of Public Health
Publisher:American Public Health Association

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