Society and Health

Hardcover | October 1, 1995

EditorBenjamin Amick, Sol Levine, Alvin R. Tarlov

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Why do societies experience higher rates of mortality after economic recession? What accounts for the persistent social class differences in mortality rates? How do we explain the health status differences between men and women, blacks and whites, and different communities or cultures? How dosome families create more healthful environments for their children? How is stress generated in the workplace? Such fundamental questions about the social determinants of health are discussed in depth in this wide-ranging and authoritative book. Well-known contributors from North America and Europegather and assess the evidence for the diverse pathways by which society influences health and provides conceptual frameworks for understanding these relationships. The book opens with a broad review of research on the social environment's contribution to health status and then addresses particularsocial factors: the family, the community, culture, class, race and gender, the economy, and the workplace. The concluding two chapters examine the contribution of medicine to the improved health of Americans and recast the health policy debate in a broad social policy context.

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Why do societies experience higher rates of mortality after economic recession? What accounts for the persistent social class differences in mortality rates? How do we explain the health status differences between men and women, blacks and whites, and different communities or cultures? How dosome families create more healthful environm...

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How do some families create more healthful environments for their children? How do we explain the health status differences between men and women, blacks and whites, and different communities or cultures? How is stress generated in the workplace? What accounts for the persistent social class differences in mortality rates? Why do socie...

Benjamin Amick is at New England Medical Center. Sol Levine is at Harvard School of Public Health.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 6.73 × 9.49 × 0.94 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019508506X

ISBN - 13:9780195085068

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Table of Contents

1. B.C. Amick, et al.: Introduction2. E.L. Schor and E.G. Menaghan: Family Pathways to Child Health3. D.L. Patrick and T.M. Wickizer: Community and Health4. G. King and D.R. Williams: Race and Health: A Multidimensional Approach to African American Health5. D. Chapman Walsh, G. Sorenson and L. Leonard: Gender, Health and Cigarette Smoking6. M.G. Marmot, M. Bobak and G.D. Smith: Explanations for Social Inequities in Health7. M.H. Brenner: Political Economy and Health8. J.V. Johnson and E.M. Hall: Class, Work and Health9. E. Corin: The Cultural Frame: Context and Meaning in the Construction of Health10. J.P. Bunker, H.S. Frazier and C.F. Mosteller: The Role of Medical Care in Determining Health: Creating an Inventory of Benefits11. S.M. Miller: Thinking Strategically about Society and Health

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"The experts chosen have appropriate respect for empirical complexities and provide a rich examination of research in their respective areas and provocative conceptions of how varying health outcomes occur through complex causal connections. The volume is abundant in data and insights andinformative for experts as well as for general readers....An outstanding and diverse group of contributors in the field..."--The Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases