Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Soc Sci Med. 1997 Mar;44(6):859-69.

Health inequalities in the life course perspective.

Author information

  • 1University College London Medical School, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, England, UK.

Abstract

Life history approaches to the study of inequalities in health provide evidence that the biological and the social beginnings of life carry important aspects of the child's potential for adult health. Biological programming may set the operational parameters for certain organs and processes. Social factors in childhood influence the processes of biological development, and are the beginnings of socially determined pathways to health in adult life. Life history studies of health are beginning to show the important factors associated with the development of these pathways, and the life stages at which intervention to reduce adult health inequalities may be most effective.

PMID:
9080567
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk