Socioeconomic Inequalities in Self-Rated Health Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults

TitleSocioeconomic Inequalities in Self-Rated Health Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKim, J
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Call Numbernewpubs20110418_Kim.pdf
KeywordsDemographics, Health Conditions and Status

Despite increased attention to health disparities in the United States, few studies have examined the impact of socioeconomic inequalities on self-rated health over time. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, this article investigates socioeconomic inequalities in self-rated health among middle-aged and older adults. The findings indicated that higher level of income, assets, and education, and having private health insurance predicted better self-rated health. In particular, increases in income or assets predicted slower decline in self-rated health. Interestingly, economic status had greater impact on females' decline in self-rated health. Blacks were less likely to suffer rapid decline in self-rated health than were whites. The findings led to the conclusion that health disparities should be understood as the interplay of socioeconomic status, gender, and race/ethnicity.

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Endnote Keywords

socioeconomic inequalities/gender/self-rated health

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Citation Key7547
PubMed ID21347982