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Deprivation and health 

Deprivation and health
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Deprivation and health
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Harry Burns

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198746690.003.0020
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date: 27 February 2021

The health of an individual is influenced by the circumstances in which he or she lives. Individuals who live in poverty are more likely to be unhealthy and die younger than individuals who are wealthy. The mechanism by which complex social circumstances cause health inequalities might be a failure to create capacity to manage life’s challenges. Most agree that well-being is created where individuals have an optimistic outlook, a sense that they are in control of their own lives, a sense of purpose and meaning in life, confidence in their ability to deal with problems, a supportive network of friends, and a nurturing family. If society is serious about tackling health inequalities, action needs to happen across the life course.

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