Social Determinants of Health

ISBN-10: 0198565895
ISBN-13: 9780198565895
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: Social Determinants of Health, 2E gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it  More...

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List price: $70.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Social Determinants of Health, 2E gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it provides accessible summaries of the scientific justification for isolating different aspects of social and economic life as the primary determinants of a population's health. The new edition takes account of the most recent research and also includes additional chapters on ethnicity and health, sexual behaviors, the elderly, housing and neighborhoods. Recognition of the power of socioeconomic factors as determinants of health came initially from research on health inequalities. This has led to a view of health as not simply about individual behavior or exposure to risk, but how the socially and economically structured way of life of a population shapes its health. Thus exercise and accidents as as much about a society's transport system as about individual decisions; and the nation's diet involves agriculture, food manufacture, retailing, and personal incomes as much as individual choice. But a major new element in the picture we have developed is the importance of the social, or psycho-social, environment to health. For example, health in the workplace for most employees - certainly for office workers - is less a matter of exposure to physical health hazards as of the social envrionment, of how supportive it is, whether people have control over their work, whether their jobs are secure. A similar picture emerges in other areas ranging from the health importance of the emotional envrionment in early childhood to the need for more socially cohesive communities. Social Determinants of Health, 2E should be read by those interested in the wellbeing of modern societies. It is a must for public health professionals, for health promotion specialists, and for people working in the many fields of public policy which we now know make such an important contribution to health.

Preface
Foreword
Introduction
Introduction
Social and economic environment and health
Accounting for the global burden of disease
Social inequalities
Social determinants: selection or causation?
How does the social environment affect health?
Social Organisation, Stress and Health
Introduction
The personal and the social
Biological pathways in a social context
Human studies
Animal studies
Conclusions
Early Life
Introduction
Biological processes affecting child health
Biological processes and social factors
Policy implications
Conclusions
Charing and Westminster Medical School: The Life Course, theSocial Gradient and Health
Introduction
Social structure and the life course
Health and the life course
Life-course influences on health and mortality at older ages
Policy implications
Living in a High-Unemployment Economy: Understanding the Health Consequences
Introduction
Selection
Job insecurity and job quality
Unemployment in the life course
Effect of unemployment on population health
Policy implications
Health and the Psychosocial Environment at Work
IntroductionChanges in the distribution of coronary heart disease
Explanations of the social distribution of coronary heart disease
Evidence from studies
Effort-reward imbalance model
East/West comparisons
Transport and Health
Background
Sustainable development - a global perspective
Patterns of travel
Trends
Health impacts of transport
Interventions
The politics of change
Conclusions
Stephen A Stansfield (UCL): Social Support and Social Cohesion
Introduction
Measurement of supportSocial support and personality
Mechanisms for the action of social support on health
Hormonal pathways for the effects of support
Social support and mortality
Social support and physical morbidity
Social support and prognosis
Social support and mental health
Social support and sickness absence
Gender differences
Society, social integration, and health
Social class and social support
Social support and the physical environment
Intervening to improve social cohesion and health
Conclusions
Food is a Political Issue
Introduction
Epidemiology of diet-related disease
Strategies for prevention
Food industrialization and food poverty
Local production for local consumption
Policy implications
Poverty, Social Exclusion and Minorities
Introduction
Poverty and health
Central and Eastern Europe
Social exclusion
Conclusion and implications for policy
Social Patterning of Individual Health Behaviours: The Case of Cigarette Smoking
Introduction
Rates of cigarette smoking by material and cultural disadvantage
Trends in cigarette smoking prevalence and rates of cessation by deprivation
Contribution of smoking to differences in death rates by social group
Why do poor people smoke?
Implications for policies to promote cessation
Putting the Picture Together: Prosperity, Redistribution,Health and Welfare
Introduction
Relative income
Inequality and psychosocial welfare
A culture of inequality
Conclusions
Epilogue: WHO's social determinants campaign and the Healthy Cities Project

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