Health Disparities, Social Class, and Aging

Keith E. Whitfield, Roland J Thorpe, Sarah L Szanton

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This chapter discusses previous research on the interrelationships between health disparities, social class, and aging as they relate to psychological dimensions of the human condition. Health disparities are described as differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, burden of diseases, and other adverse health conditions or outcomes between minority and majority population groups. Health disparities have been observed in gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), geography, sexual orientation, disability, and special health care needs. Disparities occur among groups who have persistently experienced historical trauma, social disadvantage, or discrimination, and systematically experience worse health or greater health risks than more advantaged social groups. Therefore, to understand the psychology of aging for ethnic and social minority groups, it draws from disciplines that include medical, biomedical, sociology, public health, and the humanities. Studies examining the association between educational histories and health indicators are limited, but have the potential to provide important and fine distinctions in understanding SES disparities in health outcomes. © 2011

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Psychology of Aging
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages207-218
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780123808820
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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Social Class
Health
Medical Sociology
Psychology
Minority Groups
Geography
Population Groups
Sexual Behavior
Public Health
Delivery of Health Care
Mortality
Incidence
Wounds and Injuries
Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Whitfield, K. E., Thorpe, R. J., & Szanton, S. L. (2011). Health Disparities, Social Class, and Aging. In Handbook of the Psychology of Aging (pp. 207-218). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-380882-0.00013-9

Health Disparities, Social Class, and Aging. / Whitfield, Keith E.; Thorpe, Roland J; Szanton, Sarah L.

Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. Elsevier Inc., 2011. p. 207-218.

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Whitfield, KE, Thorpe, RJ & Szanton, SL 2011, Health Disparities, Social Class, and Aging. in Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. Elsevier Inc., pp. 207-218. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-380882-0.00013-9
Whitfield KE, Thorpe RJ, Szanton SL. Health Disparities, Social Class, and Aging. In Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. Elsevier Inc. 2011. p. 207-218 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-380882-0.00013-9
Whitfield, Keith E. ; Thorpe, Roland J ; Szanton, Sarah L. / Health Disparities, Social Class, and Aging. Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. Elsevier Inc., 2011. pp. 207-218
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