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Christina Pantazis and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341464

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.001.0001

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Poverty across the life-course and health

Poverty across the life-course and health

(p.140) (p.141) Seven Poverty across the life-course and health
Tackling inequalities

George Davey Smith

David Gordon

Policy Press

This chapter examines socio-economic inequalities and health differences over the life-course. It considers the independent effects of childhood and adult social circumstances and their impact on health, and suggests that the effects of poverty in childhood have far-reaching consequences in both childhood and adult life. The chapter suggests that widening inequality, and especially growing poverty among children, does not bode well for future health trends. Offering a critical appraisal of the ability of the government's flagship policy of Health Action Zones to arrest the growth in socioeconomic inequalities in health, it recommends a range of fiscal measures aimed at improving the situation of people, especially children. With health inequality at its worst for at least 50 years, there is little that can be done about it without also tackling poverty.

Keywords:   socio-economic inequalities, children poverty, Health Action Zones, health inequality

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