Disentangling race and socioeconomic status: A key to understanding health inequalities

Thomas A. LaVeist

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Abstract

This article addresses one of the most vexing problems facing health disparities researchers, the confounding of race and socioeconomic status. This article does the following: (1) it outlines the magnitude of confounding between race and socioeconomic status; (2) it demonstrates problems caused by this confounding; (3) it examines the degree to which race disparities are a function of socioeconomic status; and (4) it discusses considerations for advancing research on health disparities after accounting for the confounding of race and socioeconomic status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume82
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Ethnicity
  • Health disparities
  • Race
  • Socioeconomic status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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