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Title: Health inequalities
Contributor(s): Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
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Abstract: There has probably never been a human society without health inequalities. Human societies tend to have a clear power-based hierarchy. With increased power comes increased influence and access to wealth generation and health expertise and services. Such human societies will have health inequalities. You can capture society's health inequality by examining the profile of the ruling class. In typical Western societies, the ruling class tends to be Caucasian, heterosexual, male and well educated, with good social networks and a well-paid prestigious job. Clearly the ruling class has a high socioeconomic status (SES) and it certainly does not have any stigma associated with its status. Stigma is about perceptions and perceptions matter, as we will see in the present chapter. When it comes to your health, it all matters: SES, employment status, occupation, marital status, education, isolation (e.g. social support), sex (male, female), unemployment, culture, sexual orientation, religion or lack thereof, race (e.g. Indigenous), living in an urban versus rural community, and health literacy.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Health Psychology in Australia, p. 282-304
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Cambridge, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781316623954
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920206 Health Inequalities
920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
920401 Behaviour and Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200204 Health inequalities
210302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status and outcomes
200401 Behaviour and health
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Jill Dorrian, Einar Thorsteinsson, Mirella Di Benedetto, Katrina Lane-Krebs, Melissa Day, Amanda Hutchinson & Kerry Sherman
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