Social Determinants of Health: A Comparative Approach

Paperback | August 26, 2014

byAlan Davidson

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Focused on population health rather than individual well-being, this text takes a macro-level look at the social, economic, and political elements that influence public health in Western countries such as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

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Focused on population health rather than individual well-being, this text takes a macro-level look at the social, economic, and political elements that influence public health in Western countries such as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Alan Davidson is an associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He has served as the dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development at Okanagan University College, director of the Population and Health Services Research Centre, and director of Health Services f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.61 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199005400

ISBN - 13:9780199005406

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Conventional Understanding of Health and Its AlternativeHow We Understand Threats to Our HealthA New Perspective on Our Health: Rise of an Alternative ViewHealth InequalitiesThe Basis of Health InequalitiesWhat Lies Ahead1. Thinking about Individual and Population HealthSynopsisLevels of AnalysisIndividual-Level Analysis of Health and DiseaseOrigins of Population HealthSome Notes on TermsTheoretical Considerations2. Population Health and Social EpidemiologySynopsisThe Emergence of the Field "Social Epidemiology"Geoffrey Rose and the Population-Health PerspectiveThe Impact of Recent Studies on Thinking about HealthThe Gradient in HealthThe Building Blocks of Theory3. Income, Inequality, and HealthSynopsisThe Gradient in HealthUnderstanding the Complex Relationship between Income and HealthThe Inequality Hypothesis under AssaultWhat Are We to Make of the Literature on Inequality and Health?The Importance of Keeping Materialist Arguments Separate from Ones about Hierarchy and ControlIncome and Income DistributionPublic Programs and ServicesPoverty and Its MitigationLower Taxes or More Public Spending?4. Childhood and the Transition to AdulthoodSynopsisEarly ChildhoodAnimal StudiesContributions from PsychologyEarly Childhood PolicyA Note on the Public School SystemOlder Children and Teens5. Social Support, Social Capital, and Social ExclusionSynopsisSocial Norms, Predictability, and Human HealthSocial NetworksSocial Support and HealthSocial CohesionSocial CapitalSense of Community BelongingSocial Exclusion6. Health of Aboriginal PeoplesSynopsisWho Are the Aboriginal Peoples?The Health of Aboriginal PeoplesUnderstanding the Determinants of Aboriginal HealthA Story of Dramatic Improvement7. Gender and HealthSynopsisThe Health of Women and MenThe Effects of Marriage on HealthDistress among WomenGender EquityEducation and the Health of Women and Their CommunitiesGay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered People8. Employment, Working Conditions, and HealthSynopsisThe Centrality of Employment to Adult HealthHealth and JobsUnemployment and HealthChanges in the Nature of EmploymentWorking Conditions and HealthPolicies Affecting Employment, Earnings, Job Benefits, and Working Conditions9. Housing and NeighbourhoodSynopsisHomes and HealthNeighbourhood and HealthUrban Design, the Built Environment, and Physical ActivityHousing Policy and Health10. Food, Food Insecurity, Obesity, and NutritionSynopsisDiet and the Health of PopulationsWhat Is a Healthy Diet? The Canada Food GuideThe Relative Cost of Healthy FoodsObesityDiet and HealthPolicies and Programs11. Social Patterning of BehaviourSynopsisHuman Behaviour and Its ContextHealthy Lifestyles12. The Politics of Population HealthModels of HealthGlobalization and Human HealthPopulation Health and PoliticsGlossaryReferencesIndexNote: Every chapter includes:- Theoretical Considerations (except Ch. 10)- Summary (except Ch. 12)- Critical Thinking Questions (except Ch. 12)- Annotated Suggested Readings- Annotated Websites

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"The text does a great job of synthesizing key areas of the literature. The tables, graphs, thought questions, learning objectives, and theory and policy sections are very useful for teaching an introductory SDH course." --Elaine Power, Queen's University