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Psychobiological processes linking socio-economic position with health

Steptoe, A; (2006) Psychobiological processes linking socio-economic position with health. In: Social Inequalities in Health: New Evidence and Policy Implications.

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Abstract

© Oxford University Press 2006. All rights reserved. This chapter is concerned with how variations in socio-economic position affect physical disease. It begins by describing the pathways that theoretically link socio-economic position with physical disease, and by explaining the potential significance of psychobiological responses. The findings concerning psychobiological processes are organized round the primary methodologies that have been used to explore these pathways, namely animal studies, human laboratory mental stress testing, and naturalistic studies of biological function in everyday life. It is shown that there has been rapid development in this field over recent years, and that although there are still many uncertainties, we are moving into an era in which conclusions about the significance of psychobiological processes can be made with greater confidence.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Psychobiological processes linking socio-economic position with health
ISBN: 0198568169
ISBN-13: 9780198568162
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568162.003.0005
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/111557
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