Journal article

The impact of socioeconomic position (SEP) on women's health over the lifetime

Adrienne O'Neil, Josephine D Russell, Kelly Thompson, Melissa L Martinson, Sanne AE Peters

Maturitas | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2020


The "social gradient of health" refers to the steep inverse associations between socioeconomic position (SEP) and the risk of premature mortality and morbidity. In many societies, due to cultural and structural factors, women and girls have reduced access to the socioeconomic resources that ensure good health and wellbeing when compared with their male counterparts. Thus, the objective of this paper is to review how SEP - a construct at the heart of the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) theory - shapes the health and longevity of women and girls at all stages of the lifespan. Using literature identified from PubMed, Cochrane, CINAHL and EMBASE databases, we first describe the SDoH theory...

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Awarded by Heart Foundation, Australia

Awarded by UK Medical Research Council Skills Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

AO is supported by a Future Leader Fellowship (#101160) from the Heart Foundation, Australia. SAEP is supported by a UK Medical Research Council Skills Development Fellowship (MR/P014550/1).