Effects Of Social Status On Health.

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We begins with defining socio-economic status (SES) as an important quantifiable determinant of health - pointing out the evidence from various papers about the direct role of SES in producing various levels of health quality.


This therefore introduces the concept of one's relative standing within one's country that matters most. The example that is quoted is that of cardiovascular disease, which is rare in France, irrespective of one's socioeconomic status, whereas it is commonplace in the U.S.(Wilkinson 1962). In addition, the findings of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1991) study is quoted which shows that more someone earns in the last 12 years of his working life, the more he is likely to live longer.

The actual mediating factors that lead to this disparity according to social status are discussed next. It has been postulated that class difference gives rise to differences in both vulnerability and exposure to the different 'stressors' that in turn determine our health quality. One of the possible factors in this respect is thought to be the degree of control on has over his or her personal life that dictate how much health-related problems stress can cause. (Krause,1987).

The inter-connectedness between the social and biological factors that affect a person's life are discussed next, with the quality of relationships an important factor in determining someone's state of happiness and health. ...
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