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Social determinants of child health and wellbeing

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By Clyde Hertzman, Jianghong Li, Eugen Mattes, Anne M McMurray, Fiona Stanley

Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-921348-15-0
Pages: ii+134



Jianghong Li
Centre for International Health and School of Public Health
Curtin University of Technology

Fiona Stanley and Eugen Mattes
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
Centre for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia

Anne McMurray
Peel Health Campus Chair in Nursing
Murdoch University


Clyde Hertzman
Director Human Early Learning Partnership
University of British Columbia

The global community has long recognized the importance of research and policy development in relation to the social contexts of child health, especially amongst poorer nations.

Despite increasing wealth, evidence of poor health outcomes in children and youth from Western countries, indicates a need for a shift in focus that includes both developed and developing countries.

The need to focus on infancy and childhood is paramount as developmental health research suggests that the early years play a vital role in creating and maintaining socioeconomic health inequalities through to adulthood.

Policy makers in all countries are becoming increasingly interested in creating more equitable societies, particularly given the growing evidence of the impact of social inequalities on health.

This special issue seeks to inform on the social inequalities connected with child health and well-being, and the social, political, and cultural factors which shape (or determine) child health and well-being. It creates a dialogue on the social determinants of child health that will engage researchers, students, health practitioners and policy-makers.

Table of Contents

Editorial: Social determinants of child health and wellbeing
Jianghong Li, Eugen Mattes, Anne McMurray, Clyde Hertzman, Fiona Stanley

Inequalities in infant mortality: Patterns, trends, policy responses and emerging issues in Canada, Chile, Sweden and the United Kingdom
Ken Judge

Silent witnesses: child health & wellbeing in England and Australia and the health transition 1870-1940
Janet McCalman

Parental work schedules and adolescent depression
Wen-Jui Han, Daniel P Miller

The relationship between policy and place: The role of school meals in addressing health inequalities
Jo Pike, Derek Colquhoun

School-based cognitive-behavioural interventions: A systematic review of effects and inequalities
Josephine Kavanagh, Sandy Oliver, Theo Lorenc, Jennifer Caird, Helen Tucker, Angela Harden, Adele Greaves, James Thomas, Ann Oakley

Kids lives in adult space and time: How home, community, school and adult work affect opportunity for teenagers in suburban Australia
Philippa Williams, Barbara Pocock, Kennedy Bridge

Investment in early childhood in Australia: International comparisons and recent trends
Ilan Katz, Gerry Redmond

Family Law as a determinant of child health and welfare: shared parenting, breastfeeding and the best interests of the child
Linda Sweet, Charmaine Power

Moorn (Black)? Djardak (White)? How come I don't fit in Mum? Exploring the racial identity of Australian Aboriginal children and youth
Cheryl Kickett-Tucker


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