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What works in tackling health inequalities?Pathways, policies and practice through the lifecourse$
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Sheena Asthana

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346742

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346742.001.0001

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Inequalities in health behaviours and the life trajectories of children and youth: research evidence

Inequalities in health behaviours and the life trajectories of children and youth: research evidence

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(p.281) Eight Inequalities in health behaviours and the life trajectories of children and youth: research evidence
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What works in tackling health inequalities?
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Sheena Asthana

Joyce Halliday

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346742.003.0008

This chapter examines the influence of youth culture on social class differences in health behaviours. The findings indicate that problematic risk behaviours such as smoking and hard drug misuse during youth are strongly associated with social deprivation and that dietary patterns during childhood and youth vary significantly according to socio-economic status. It also considers the impact of two factors of the socio-economic trajectories of children and young people: education and the experience of being in care.

Keywords:   youth culture, social class differences, health behaviours, smoking, drug misuse, dietary patterns, social deprivation, education, socio-economic status

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