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Psychosocial and material pathways in the relation between income and health: a response to Lynch et al

Marmot, M.; Wilkinson, R.G.; (2001) Psychosocial and material pathways in the relation between income and health: a response to Lynch et al. BMJ , 322 (7296) pp.1233 - 1236. 10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1233. Green open access

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Abstract

Summary points: Economic and social circumstances affect health through the physiological effects of their emotional and social meanings and the direct effects of material circumstances. Material conditions do not adequately explain health inequalities in rich countries. The relation between smaller inequalities in income and better population health reflects increased psychosocial wellbeing. In rich countries wellbeing is more closely related to relative income than absolute income. Social dominance, inequality, autonomy, and the quality of social relations have an impact on psychosocial wellbeing and are among the most powerful explanations for the pattern of population health in rich countries.

Type: Article
Title: Psychosocial and material pathways in the relation between income and health: a response to Lynch et al
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1233
Publisher version: http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/322/7296/12...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1996
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