The social determinants of the decline of life expectancy in Russia and eastern Europe: a lifestyle explanation.

@article{Cockerham1997TheSD,
  title={The social determinants of the decline of life expectancy in Russia and eastern Europe: a lifestyle explanation.},
  author={William C. Cockerham},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  year={1997},
  volume={38 2},
  pages={117-30}
}
This paper examines the social origins of the rise in adult mortality in Russia and selected Eastern European countries. Three explanations for this trend are considered: (1) Soviet health policy, (2) social stress, and (3) health lifestyles. The socialist states were generally characterized by a persistently poor mortality performance as part of a long-term process of deterioration, with particularly negative outcomes for the life expectancy of middle-aged, male manual workers. Soviet-style… CONTINUE READING
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