Health inequalities may not increase in adolescence

posted 20 Jul 2013, 10:10 by Damian Wood   [ updated 20 Jul 2013, 10:11 ]
Evidence from the ALSPAC study published by Laura Howe and colleagues in the April 2013 edition of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that, whilst there are socioeconomic inequalities in a range of health, behavioural and educational outcomes in childhood and that these may be important determinants of adult health inequalities, up to age 15 years there was no strong evidence that inequalities increased with increasing age across childhood. Thus, while childhood socioeconomic inequalities in health and health-related characteristics might be important determinants of adult health inequalities, their results suggest that such inequalities are established in early childhood but do not increase markedly up to adolescence.

J Epidemiol Community Health 2013;67:358-364 doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201892