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March 24 2010

Health Behavior vs the Stress of Low Socioeconomic Status and Health Outcomes

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Keenan Research Centre in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario; and Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Toronto, Ontario.

JAMA. 2010;303(12):1199-1200. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.332

Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, a fundamental question surrounding the relationship between socioeconomic factors and health status has been: How much of socioeconomic differences and health can be attributed to socioeconomic differences in health behaviors? The article by Stringhini and colleagues1 in this issue of JAMA represents an important contribution to understanding the social determinants of health by providing a better answer than previously available about this fundamental issue.

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