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|Title:||Socio-economic differentials in the health-related quality of life of Australian children: results of a national study|
|Citation:||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2003; 27(1):27-33|
|Publisher:||Public Health Assoc Australia Inc|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Paediatrics publications|
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