Incorporating biomarkers into the study of socio-economic status and health among older adults in China.
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The social gradient in health - that individuals with lower SES have worse health than those with higher SES- is welldocumented using self-reports of health in more developed countries. Less is known about the relationship between SES and health biomarkers among older adults residing in less developed countries. We use data from the ChineseLongitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS) longevity areas sub-sample to examine the social gradient in healthamong rural young-old and oldest-old adults (N=2,121). Our health indicators include individual biomarkers, metabolic syndrome, and self-reports of health. We found a largely positive relationship between SES and health. SES was more consistently associated with individual biomarkers among the oldest-old than the young-old, providing evidence for cumulative disadvantage. We discuss the implications of our findings for older adults who have lived through different social, economic, and health regimes.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.07.003
Publication InfoGeorge, Linda; Brasher, Melanie Sereny; Shi, Xiaoming; Yin, Zhaoxue; & Zeng, Yi (2017). Incorporating biomarkers into the study of socio-economic status and health among older adults in China. SSM - population health, 3. pp. 577-585. 10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.07.003. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/19428.
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Arts and Sciences Professor of Sociology
My research falls into three broad areas: (1) social factors and the onset, course, and outcome of mental and physical illness, (2) social factors and aging, and (3) the organization and delivery of health services. I am working on funded research projects in all three areas. I have been the principal and co-principal investigator of two major epidemiologic studies. The first examines social factors and mental illness throughout adulthood. The second focuses on social factors related to