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Type: Journal article
Title: Socio-economic differentials in the health-related quality of life of Australian children: results of a national study
Author: Spurrier, N.
Sawyer, M.
Clark, J.
Baghurst, P.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2003; 27(1):27-33
Publisher: Public Health Assoc Australia Inc
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 1326-0200
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Nicola J. Spurrier, Michael G. Sawyer, Jennifer J. Clark and P.A. Baghurst
Abstract: OBJECTIVE:To examine differences in health-related quality of life (HRQL) of children living in different socio-economic contexts in Australia. METHODS:Parental reports describing the HRQL and socio-economic status of a random national sample of 3,597 school-age children were obtained using the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ) and a standardised socio-economic interview. Response rate was 70%. RESULTS:Children in families of higher income, whose parents had more years of schooling and were employed and children who lived in two-parent, original families had significantly higher HRQL across a range of domains assessed by the CHQ. CONCLUSION:Children from lower socio-economic backgrounds in Australia have a significantly more negative experience of health and wellness. Such differences may well increase unless deliberate political attention is given to addressing the widening differences in relative wealth in Australia.
Keywords: Socio-economic differentials; health; Australian children
Description: © Public Health Association Australia
RMID: 0020032169
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2003.tb00376.x
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