From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Adaptation and Health of Ethnic Minorities over the Life Course and Generations

We use a number of large data sets to examine how acculturation occurs and the extent to which it is linked to changes in health outcomes at different points of the life course and over generations. The conventional wisdom is that health outcomes should converge towards those of the host population but our work points to a complex pattern influenced by both structural factors and sustained cultural practices. Much of the earlier work focused on generational differences in health among the Irish.

Publications

2008

Harding S, Rosato M, Teyhan A. Trends for coronary heart disease and stroke mortality among migrants in England and Wales, 1979-2003: slow declines notable for some groups. Heart 2008;94:463-470

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2007

Harding S. The epidemiology of cancers in ethnic communities in the UK. In: Ly A, Khayat D, editors About cancer in Africa: from epidemiology to biomedical research applications and perspectives. Paris: National Cancer Institute (INCa)/Springer, 2007:523-536.

2004

Abbotts J E, Sweeting H, Williams R, West P. Is going to church good or bad for you? Denomination, attendance, and mental health of children in West Scotland. Social Science & Medicine 2004;58:645-656

Abbotts J, Harding S, Cruickshank J K. Cardiovascular risk profiles in UK-born Caribbeans and Irish living in England and Wales. Atherosclerosis 2004;175:295-303

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Abbotts J, Williams R, West P, Hunt K, Ford G. Catholic socio-economic disadvantage in the West of Scotland: a narrowing of inequality. Scottish Affairs 2004;49 (Autumn):77-87

Abbotts J. Irish Catholic health disadvantage in the West of Scotland. Scottish Affairs 2004;46 (winter):131-148

Arai L, Harding S. A review of the epidemiological literature on the health of UK-born Black Caribbeans: a misplaced focus. Critical Public Health 2004;14:81-116

Harding S, Rosato M, Cruickshank J K. Lack of change in birthweights of infants by generational status among Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean and Black African mothers in a British cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2004;33:1279-1285

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Harding S, Rosato M, Cruickshank J K. Mortality of migrants from the Caribbean to England and Wales: effect of duration of residence. International Journal of Epidemiology 2004;33:382-386

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Williams R, Harding S. Poverty, stress and racism as factors in South Asian heart disease. In: Patel K, editor The epidemic of coronary heart disease in South Asian populations: causes and consequences. British Heart Foundation and the South Asian Health Foundation, 2004.

2003

Harding S. Mortality of migrants from the Indian subcontinent to England and Wales: effect of duration of residence. Epidemiology 2003;14:287-292

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Harding S. Social mobility and self reported limiting long-term illness among West Indian and South Asian migrants living in England and Wales. Social Science & Medicine 2003;56:355-361

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2002

Arai L, Harding S. UK-born black Caribbeans: generational changes in health and well-being. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 6, Glasgow, 2002

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Harding S, Balarajan R. Mortality data on migrant groups living in England and Wales: issues of adequacy and of interpretation of death rates. In: Haskey J, editor Population projections by ethnic group: a feasibility study. London: The Stationery Office, 2002:115-127.

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2001

Abbotts J, Sweeting H, Williams R, West P. Poor but healthy? The youngest generation of Irish Catholics in West Scotland. Health Bulletin 2001;59:373-379

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Abbotts J, Williams R, Ford G. Morbidity and Irish Catholic descent in Britain: relating health disadvantage to socio-economic position. Social Science & Medicine 2001;52:999-1005

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Harding S, Balarajan R. Longitudinal study of socio-economic differences in mortality among South Asian and West Indian migrants. Ethnicity & Health 2001;6:121-128

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Harding S, Balarajan R. Mortality of third generation Irish people living in England and Wales. BMJ 2001;322:466-467

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