Socio-demographic and health characteristics of individuals left behind in deprived and declining areas in Scotland

Brown, D. , O'Reilly, D., Gayle, V., Macintyre, S., Benzeval, M. and Leyland, A.H. (2012) Socio-demographic and health characteristics of individuals left behind in deprived and declining areas in Scotland. Health and Place, 18(2), pp. 440-444. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.01.002)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.01.002

Abstract

Deprived and declining areas in Scotland have poorer health than other areas in the rest of Scotland. Using data from the Scottish Longitudinal Study, this paper examines whether differential migration over a one year period can explain these differences. Compared with migrants to and from deprived and declining areas, stable residents in those areas were generally older, less well educated and less affluent. Continued disproportionate loss of more affluent and better educated individuals could result in deprived and declining areas becoming even more deprived over time. Migrants appeared to be in better health; however, this finding was reversed on adjustment for age. It may be that while the relationship between migration and socio-economic status is immediately apparent, the relationship between migration and health could take longer to develop.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Benzeval, Dr Michaela and Macintyre, Professor Sally and Brown, Dr Denise and Leyland, Professor Alastair
Authors: Brown, D., O'Reilly, D., Gayle, V., Macintyre, S., Benzeval, M., and Leyland, A.H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Health and Place
ISSN:1353-8292

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