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.

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Research Projects

International comparisons

International comparisons of ethnic inequalities in health in different societal contexts are of scientific and policy interest. Variations in the patterns of ethnic inequalities across countries (Harding 2003) suggest that factors in the host environment may be responsible such as educational chances, health behaviours and access to health care, which in turn are influenced by the political, economic and social fabric (Mackenbach et al 2008; Hirte et al 2008).

We compare the health of minority young people in DASH with those in countries of origin in the developing world to gain insights about protective mechanisms for health. A comparison with children in countries of origin/developing countries will provide insights about the transmission of cultural practices that aid the harnessing of protective habits, from a relatively poor to affluent societal context. We also examine ethnic differences in mortality in countries with varying economic and political histories.

Publications

2014

Read UM. Health inequalities: from ethnicity to diversity [editorial]. Ethnicity and Health 2014;19:119-121

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2013

Rafnsson SB, Bhopal RS, Agyemang C, Fagot-Campagna A, Harding S, Hammar N, Hedlund E, Juel K, Primatesta P, Rosato M, Rey G, Wild SH, Mackenbach JP, Stirbu I, Kunst AE. Sizable variations in circulatory disease mortality by region and country of birth in six European countries. European Journal of Public Health 2013;23:594-605

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Read UM. ‘No matter how the child is, she is hers’ practical kinship in the care of mental illness in Kintampo, Ghana. Ghana Studies 2013;15/16

2012

Bhopal R, Snorri B, Rafnsson CA, Fagot-Campagna A, Giampaoli S, Hammer N, Harding S, Hedlund E, Juel K, Mackenback JP, Primatesta P, Rey G, Rosato M, Wild S, Kunst AE. Mortality from circulatory diseases by specific country of birth across six European countries: test of concept. European Journal of Public Health 2012;22:353-359

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Cooper M, Harding S, Mullen K, O'Donnell C. A chronic disease is a disease which keeps coming back…it is like the flu': chronic disease risk perception and explanatory models among French- and Swahili-speaking African migrants. Ethnicity & Health 2012;17:597-613

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Maynard MJ, Rosato M, Harding S. Trends in suicide mortality among migrant in England and Wales, 1979-2003. Ethnicity & Health 2012;17:135-40

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Vandenheede H, Deboosere P, Stirbu I, Agyemang CO, Harding S, Juel K, Rafnsson SB, Regidor E, Rey G, Rosato M, Mackenbach JP, Kunst AE. Migrant mortality from diabetes mellitus across Europe: the importance of socio-economic change. European Journal of Epidemiology 2012;27:109-117

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2011

Booker C, Harding S, Benzeval M. A systematic review of the effect of retention methods in population-based cohort studies. BMC Public Health 2011;11:249

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2009

Harding S, Rosato M, Teyhan A. Trends in cancer mortality among migrants in England and Wales, 1979-2003. European Journal of Cancer 2009;45:2168-79

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Williamson LM, Rosato M, Teyhan A, Santana P, Harding S. AIDS mortality in African migrants living in Portugal: evidence of large social inequalities. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2009;85:427-31

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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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Harding S, Teyhan A, Rosato M, Santana P. All cause and cardiovascular mortality in African migrants living in Portugal: evidence of large social inequalities. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation 2008;15:670-6

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2007

Gray L, Harding S, Reid A. Evidence of divergence with duration of residence in circulatory disease mortality in migrants to Australia. European Journal of Public Health 2007;17:550-554

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Gray L, Harding S, Reid A. Lower circulatory disease mortality among Australian South Asians [e-letter]ID - 1379. European Journal of Public Health 2007

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2006

Harding S, Boroujerdi M, Santana P, Cruickshank K. Decline in, and lack of difference between, birth weights among African and Portuguese babies in Portugal. International Journal of Epidemiology 2006;35:270-276

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Harding S, Santana P, Cruickshank K, Boroujerdi M. Birth weights of Black African babies of migrant and non-migrant mothers living in Portugal. Annals of Epidemiology 2006;16:572-579

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2005

Avendano M, Kunst AE, van Lenthe F, Bos V, Costa G, Valkonen T, Cardano M, Harding S, Borgan JK, Glickman M, Reid A, Mackenbach JP. Trends in socioeconomic disparities in stroke mortality in six European countries between 1981-1985 and 1991-1995. American Journal of Epidemiology 2005;161:52-61

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2004

Kunst A, Bos V, Andersen O, Cardano M, Costa G, Harding S, Hemström O, Layte R , Regidor E, Reid A, Santana P, Valkonen T, Mackenbach JP. Monitoring of trends in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality: experiences from a European project . Demographic Research 2004;S2:232-251

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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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Mackenbach J, Bos V, Andersen O, Cardano M, Costa G, Harding S, Kunst AE. Widening socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in six Western European countries. International Journal of Epidemiology 2003;32:830-7

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