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A New Study Shows Social Well Being Plays An Important Part In Childs Health

cs at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the study, said these findings represent a new concept that shows the need to look beyond single issues like poverty or minority status. He said that it is now important to think broadly about what the determinants of health were, and should be careful before labeling certain racial, ethnic, groups as having poorer health because reasons intrinsic in them. Stating that these studies show that’s it rather their other disadvantages they face in life, like lower incomes, family structure issues and things like that that may be the underlying reasons for worse health outcomes.

The study was an analysis conducted on the social conditions and health of 57,533 children under age 18 who were interviewed as part of the National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement for the years 1994 and 1995. It found that the three social disadvantages outweighed the availability of health insurance, either private insurance or publicly financed Medicaid, as factors determining a child's health condition.

Sociologist Laurie J. Bauman, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the study's lead author stated that health insurance is absolutely necessary and he added that it may very well improve the health of children, but it's not going to solve the problem of social disparities. He said that it's going to make it easier for families to get care, but there are other reasons why it's hard for people to get care. Explaining that a mother who's poor and a single mom, would have more difficulties in getting her kids to care and taking care of them than being just poor but also having two parents in a household, she said.

Suggesting that relying on single-policy approaches to children's health, like boosting health insurance, are not sufficient to solve the problem posed by social disadvantages, Greg Duncan, professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University,
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