`Fundamental Causes' of Health Disparities

  title={`Fundamental Causes' of Health Disparities},
  author={Andrea E. Willson},
  journal={International Sociology},
  pages={113 - 93}
  • A. Willson
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • International Sociology
This article examines the relative impact of socioeconomic status as a `fundamental cause' of health disparities in Canada and the US. Fundamental cause theory suggests that persons of higher socioeconomic status have available a broad range of resources to benefit their health and therefore hold an advantage in warding off whatever particular threats to health exist at a given time. This leads to two predictions: (1) SES is more strongly associated with diseases that are more highly… 

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