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ERIC Number: EJ849324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Socioeconomic Status and Health across the Life Course: A Test of the Social Causation and Health Selection Hypotheses
Warren, John Robert
Social Forces, v87 n4 p2125-2153 Jun 2009
This research investigates the merits of the "social causation" and "health selection" explanations for associations between socioeconomic status and self-reported overall health, musculoskeletal health and depression. Using data that include information about individuals' SES and health from childhood through late adulthood, I employ structural equation models that account for errors in measured variables and that allow for explicit tests of various hypotheses about how SES and health are related. For each outcome and for both women and men the results provide no support for the health selection hypothesis. SES affects each health outcome at multiple points in the life course, but the reverse is not true. (Contains 2 notes, 8 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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