"Getting sicker quicker": does living in a more deprived neighbourhood mean your health deteriorates faster?

Ellaway, A. , Benzeval, M., Green, M. , Leyland, A. and Macintyre, S. (2012) "Getting sicker quicker": does living in a more deprived neighbourhood mean your health deteriorates faster? Health and Place, 18(2), pp. 132-137. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.08.005)

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Abstract

Data from the longitudinal West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: Health in the Community was used to examine whether, over a 20 year period, the self-reported health of people living in deprived areas became poorer faster compared to those living in more affluent areas. Three cohorts (born in the early 1930s, 1950s and 1970s) are included, covering 60 years of the life span. Using multilevel growth curve models, a 40% probability of reporting poor health was predicted among residents of more deprived areas at an earlier age (66) compared to those living in more affluent areas (83). Wider area differences were seen for men than for women. Our findings indicate that attempts to reduce area differences in health should start young but also continue throughout the lifespan.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Green, Dr Michael and Ellaway, Dr Anne and Benzeval, Dr Michaela and Macintyre, Professor Sally and Leyland, Professor Alastair
Authors: Ellaway, A., Benzeval, M., Green, M., Leyland, A., and Macintyre, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
Journal Name:Health and Place
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1353-8292
ISSN (Online):1873-2054
Published Online:12 August 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Health and Place 18(2):132-137
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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