Causal connections between socio-economic status and health: reciprocal effects and mediating mechanisms.

@article{Mulatu2002CausalCB,
  title={Causal connections between socio-economic status and health: reciprocal effects and mediating mechanisms.},
  author={Mesfin Samuel Mulatu and Carmi Schooler},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  year={2002},
  volume={43 1},
  pages={22-41}
}
Using structural equation modeling techniques on data from a nationally representative longitudinal survey, we first explored the reciprocal relationships between socio-economic status (SES) and health status. We then estimated the degree to which health-related lifestyles/behaviors and psychosocial distress are mediating mechanisms of these relationships. As predicted, SES positively affects health, and health positively affects SES. Although the causal path from SES to health is stronger than… CONTINUE READING

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