Physical health status at 36 years in a British national birth cohort
In a nationally representative British sample of over 3000 men and women aged 36 years, those in the best or worst of health were identified on the basis of measured blood pressure, lung function and body weight, self reported health problems and disability, and recent hospital admission. Serious illness in earlier life was strongly predictive of current adult health status. Even after adjusting for this and for current social circumstances and health related behaviour, those who came from poorer family backgrounds or were least well educated did not have an equal chance of being in the best of health at 36 years. Living in adverse social circumstances in adult life increased the risk of having the worst health. The analysis suggests that a number of pathways link childhood experiences to adult health and shows the need for a lifetime research perspective on health.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Volume (Year): 37 (1993)
Issue (Month): 7 (October)
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/315/description#description|
|Order Information:|| Postal: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/supportfaq.cws_home/regional|
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:37:y:1993:i:7:p:905-916. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Zhang, Lei)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.