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Am J Public Health. 2003 Nov;93(11):1844-50.

The public health impact of socioeconomic status on adolescent depression and obesity.

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Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA. goodman@brandeis.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the public health impact of the socioeconomic status (SES) gradient on adolescents' physical and mental health.

METHODS:

Population attributable risk (PAR) for household income and parental education were calculated relative to depression and obesity among a nationally representative sample of 15,112 adolescents.

RESULTS:

PARs for income and education were large. Across each gender and race/ethnicity group, the PAR for education tended to exceed that for income. For depression, the adjusted PAR for income was 26%, and the PAR for education was 40%; for obesity, the adjusted PAR for income was 32%, and the PAR for education was 39%.

CONCLUSIONS:

SES is associated with a large proportion of the disease burden within the total population.

PMID:
14600051
PMCID:
PMC1448061
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.93.11.1844
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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