Behavioural Pathways and Health
One important pathway between people's social circumstances and their health is their health behaviours - whether they smoke, how much they drink, what kind of diet they have, and whether or not they take part in physical activity. Research using the Twenty-07 Study confirms other findings that behaviours such as these are socially patterned, with those in disadvantaged circumstances, for example, being more likely to smoke and have an unhealthy diet. However, this pattern is not always the same for men and women.
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Gray C M, Hunt K, Lorimer K, Anderson AS, Benzeval M, Wyke S. Words matter: a qualitative investigation of which weight status terms are acceptable and motivate weight loss when used by health professionals. BMC Public Health 2011;11:513pubmed open access
Lorimer K, Gray CM, Hunt K, Wyke S, Anderson A, Benzeval M. Response to written feedback of clinical data within a longitudinal study: a qualitative study exploring the ethical implications. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2011;11:10pubmed open access
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