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The role of socioeconomic status gradients in explaining differences in US adolescents' health

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Objectives: This study sought to determine whether socioeconomic status (SES) gradients exist among US adolescents for self-rated health and for 5 diseases that cause serious adolescent and continuing adult morbidity. Methods: Baseline data from 15 483 adolescent and parental surveys from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were used. SES indicators included parental education and occupation, and household income. Dependent variables included self-rated health and the presence of depression, obesity, asthma, suicide attempt in the past year, and prior sexually transmitted disease. Results: SES gradients were found for self-rated health, depression, and obesity (P

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  • Goodman, E., 1999. "The role of socioeconomic status gradients in explaining differences in US adolescents' health," American Journal of Public Health, American Public Health Association, vol. 89(10), pages 1522-1528.
  • Handle: RePEc:aph:ajpbhl:1999:89:10:1522-1528_6
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