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Change, psychosocial stress and health in an era of globalization

De Vogli, R.; (2004) Change, psychosocial stress and health in an era of globalization. (Health and social upheaval ). John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Chicago, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

In the last decades, globalization has produced an acceleration of social, economic and political changes worldwide. These changes had a number of positive effects including enhancing political freedom, living standards and health conditions. However, many of them have also produced adverse health consequences, especially when they have been implemented in a sudden, rapid and unexpected way. This is especially true among those populations whose ability to adjust to the new circumstances generated by rapid change was limited. The aim of the present research project was to examine the health consequences of rapid social, economic and political change following globalization as well as to investigate the role of psychosocial factors in explaining these relationships. A theoretical framework proposing major psychosocial pathways connecting rapid change with health-related outcomes has been developed. A series of case studies from countries affected by rapid change supported the hypothesized relationships included in the framework. Countries of interest were the former Soviet Union nations, China, Japan, Micronesia Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States. The limited ability of certain populations to adjust to rapid changes induced by globalization as well as the pace of change of social, economic and political reforms are discussed.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Change, psychosocial stress and health in an era of globalization
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2051
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