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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715752/switching-to-sanitation-understanding-latrine-adoption-in-a-representative-panel-of-rural-indian-households
#1
Diane Coffey, Dean Spears, Sangita Vyas
Open defecation, which is still practiced by about a billion people worldwide, is one of the most compelling examples of how place influences health in developing countries. Efforts by governments and development organizations to address the world's remaining open defecation would be greatly supported by a better understanding of why some people adopt latrines and others do not. We analyze the 2005 and 2012 rounds of the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), a nationally representative panel of households in India, the country which is home to 60% of the people worldwide who defecate in the open...
July 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716453/the-effects-of-whiteness-on-the-health-of-whites-in-the-usa
#2
Jennifer Malat, Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, David R Williams
Whites in the USA are the dominant racial group, with greater than average access to most material and social rewards. Yet, while whites have better outcomes than other racial groups on some health indicators, whites paradoxically compare poorly on other measures. Further, whites in the USA also rank poorly in international health comparisons. In this paper, we present a framework that combines the concept of whiteness-a system that socially, economically, and ideologically benefits European descendants and disadvantages people in other groups-with research from a variety of fields in order to comprehensively model the social factors that influence whites' health...
July 3, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704645/meta-analysis-and-systematic-review-of-studies-on-the-effectiveness-of%C3%A2-hiv-stigma-reduction-programs
#3
REVIEW
Winnie W S Mak, Phoenix K H Mo, Gloria Y K Ma, Maggie Y Y Lam
OBJECTIVE: The present study conducted a meta-analysis and systematic review on studies evaluating the effectiveness of stigma reduction programs in improving knowledge and reducing negative attitudes towards people living with HIV (PLHIV). RESULTS: Meta-analysis (k = 42 studies) found significant and small effect sizes in the improvement of the participants' knowledge of HIV/AIDS from interventions with (Cohen's d = 0.48, 95% CI [0.30, 0.66]) and without control groups (Cohen's d = 0...
July 1, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689090/social-and-emotional-wellbeing-assessment-instruments-for-use-with-indigenous-australians-a-critical-review
#4
REVIEW
M Le Grande, C F Ski, D R Thompson, P Scuffham, S Kularatna, A C Jackson, A Brown
RATIONALE: There is growing recognition that in addition to universally recognised domains and indicators of wellbeing (such as population health and life expectancy), additional frameworks are required to fully explain and measure Indigenous wellbeing. In particular, Indigenous Australian wellbeing is largely determined by colonisation, historical trauma, grief, loss, and ongoing social marginalisation. Dominant mainstream indicators of wellbeing based on the biomedical model may therefore be inadequate and not entirely relevant in the Indigenous context...
July 1, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716452/the-proliferation-of-sexual-health-diverse-social-problems-and-the-legitimation-of-sexuality
#5
Steven Epstein, Laura Mamo
Especially since the 1990s, the term sexual health has flourished in professional, commercial, and lay domains. Yet the more the phrase has become visible, the greater the mutability in its meanings. These developments matter for an understanding of healthism-the idea that modern individuals are enjoined to recognize a moral obligation to maximize their health. Theorists of healthism have paid relatively little attention to sexuality and its frequent rendering as controversial, illegitimate, or stigmatizing...
June 29, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701268/positive-emotional-well-being-health-behaviors-and-inflammation-measured-by-c-reactive-protein
#6
Gail Ironson, Nikhil Banerjee, Calvin Fitch, Neal Krause
OBJECTIVE: There is a substantial body of literature describing the association between inflammatory biomarkers and negative emotional factors (i.e. depression). However, less is known about how they might be related to positive psychological variables. This study examined the association between positive emotional well-being (PEWB) and C-Reactive Protein (CRP), an inflammatory biomarker important for cardiovascular and other diseases. METHOD: Data were analyzed from 1979 respondents to a nationwide survey in the U...
June 29, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692825/intergenerational-social-mobility-and-subjective-wellbeing-in-later-life
#7
Matthew H Iveson, Ian J Deary
Whereas a great deal of literature has been devoted to investigating the link between intergenerational social mobility and health, the few studies that have examined the association between social mobility and life satisfaction have produced conflicting findings. In the present study, we attempt to rectify several shortcomings common to previous work by examining the association between intergenerational social mobility and both life satisfaction and self-rated health as measured in later-life. Our sample consisted of individuals born in Scotland in 1936, who took part in the Scottish Mental Survey 1947 and were subsequently followed-up into later-life...
June 29, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692824/contextualizing-educational-differences-in-vaccination-uptake-a-thirty-nation-survey
#8
Kirils Makarovs, Peter Achterberg
This paper addresses the issue of public acceptance of vaccination with specific attention being paid to the role of education in vaccine uptake. Using Flash Eurobarometer 287 (2009) survey data and exploring it through the lens of Beck's reflexive modernization and Roger's protection motivation theories we examined how individual-level factors affect intention to get vaccinated, particularly aimed at examining whether higher education predicts more or less vaccination intention in different societies. The empirical results support an idea that at least for seasonal flu educational differences in vaccination uptake are contextual upon the reflexivity of the society in which respondent happens to live...
June 29, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689629/the-challenges-of-gxe-commentary-on-genetic-endowments-parental-resources-and-adult-health-evidence-from-the-young-finns%C3%A2-study
#9
Dalton Conley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 29, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705550/tweeting-celebrity-suicides-users-reaction-to-prominent-suicide-deaths-on-twitter-and-subsequent-increases-in-actual-suicides
#10
Michiko Ueda, Kota Mori, Tetsuya Matsubayashi, Yasuyuki Sawada
A substantial amount of evidence indicates that news coverage of suicide deaths by celebrities is followed by an increase in suicide rates, suggesting a copycat behavior. However, the underlying process by which celebrity status and media coverage leads to increases in subsequent suicides is still unclear. This study collected over 1 million individual messages ("tweets") posted on Twitter that were related to 26 prominent figures in Japan who died by suicide between 2010 and 2014 and investigated whether media reports on suicide deaths that generated a greater level of reactions by the public are likely to be followed by a larger increase in actual suicides...
June 28, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683380/dog-bites-rabies-and-one-health-towards-improved-coordination-in-research-policy-and-practice
#11
Melanie J Rock, Dawn Rault, Chris Degeling
Dog-bites and rabies are neglected problems worldwide, notwithstanding recent efforts to raise awareness and to consolidate preventive action. As problems, dog-bites and rabies are entangled with one another, and both align with the concept of One Health. This concept emphasizes interdependence between humans and non-human species in complex socio-ecological systems. Despite intuitive appeal, One Health applications and critiques remain under-developed with respect to social science and social justice. In this article, we report on an ethnographic case-study of policies on dog bites and rabies, with a focus on Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which is widely recognized as a leader in animal-control policies...
June 28, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683378/a-prospective-study-of-associations-among-helping-health-and-longevity
#12
Sonja Hilbrand, David A Coall, Andrea H Meyer, Denis Gerstorf, Ralph Hertwig
How does helping behavior contribute to the health and the longevity of older helpers? From an evolutionary perspective, the ultimate cause may be rooted in ancestral parenting and grandparenting. These activities may have generalized to a neural and hormonal caregiving system that also enabled prosocial behavior beyond the family. From a psychological perspective, helping others may be associated with healthy aging, which, in turn, contributes to longevity as a proximate cause. Yet little is known about the extent to which mediating factors such as the health benefits of helping behaviors translate into enhanced longevity, particularly in regard to grandparenting...
June 28, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704701/-developing-culturally-sensitive-affect-scales-for-global-mental-health-research-and-practice-emotional-balance-not-named-syndromes-in-indian-adivasi-subjective-well-being
#13
Jeffrey G Snodgrass, Michael G Lacy, Chakrapani Upadhyay
We present a perspective to analyze mental health without either a) imposing Western illness categories or b) adopting local or "native" categories of mental distress. Our approach takes as axiomatic only that locals within any culture share a cognitive and verbal lexicon of salient positive and negative emotional experiences, which an appropriate and repeatable set of ethnographic procedures can elicit. Our approach is provisionally agnostic with respect to either Western or native nosological categories, and instead focuses on persons' relative frequency of experiencing emotions...
June 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689089/a-qualitative-study-of-barriers-and-facilitators-in-treating-drug-use-among-israeli-mothers-an-intersectional-perspective
#14
Keren Gueta
RATIONALE: Despite the benefits and availability of drug treatment in Western countries, research has shown low utilisation rates, especially by mothers. Studies have indicated internal barriers (e.g., shame) and external/structural barriers (e.g., poverty) to women's utilisation of drug treatment, but little is known about the interrelated axes of marginalization that create such barriers and, even less, facilitators of treatment. A promising avenue for examining this path may be the theoretical perspective of intersectionality, which has often been used to illustrate how women's experiences are shaped by gender in conjunction with other factors, including class, age, and race...
June 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686963/long-term-health-consequences-of-recessions-during-working-years
#15
Liudmila Antonova, Tabea Bucher-Koenen, Fabrizio Mazzonna
Economic crises may have severe consequences for population health. We investigate the long-term effects of macroeconomic crises experienced during prime working age (20-50) on health outcomes later in life using SHARE data (Survey of Health Aging and Retirement in Europe) from eleven European countries. Analyses are based on the first two waves of SHARE data collected in 2004 and 2006 (N = 22,886) and retrospective life history data from SHARELIFE collected in 2008 (N = 13,732). Experiencing a severe crisis in which GDP dropped by at least 1% significantly reduces health later in life...
June 26, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683379/work-related-illness-work-related-accidents-and-lack-of-social-security-in-colombia
#16
María Teresa Buitrago Echeverri, César Ernesto Abadía-Barrero, Consuelo Granja Palacios
The impacts of neoliberal or market-based social security reforms in health have been extensively studied. How such reforms transformed employment-related insurance and entitlements, however, has received significantly less attention. This study aims to understand how the employment insurance system operates in Colombia and to assess how the experience of workers seeking social security entitlements relates to the system's structure. We conducted an ethnographic study of the Colombian Occupational Risk System between May 2014 and March 2016, with two main components: 1) analysis of the system itself through in-depth interviews with 32 people working in leadership positions and a systematic review of the system's most important legislation, and 2) a study of people who experienced problems receiving entitlements and were challenging the assessment of their work-related illness or accident...
June 23, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697393/same-medicine-different-reasons-comparing-women-s-bodily-experiences-of-producing-eggs-for-pregnancy-or-for-profit
#17
Rene Almeling, Iris L Willey
Women doing in vitro fertilization (IVF) to have a child describe it as painful and emotionally draining. Egg donors undergo the same medical regimen for a different reason - to produce eggs for another woman in exchange for thousands of dollars - and describe it as quick and relatively painless. Medical researchers typically compare bodily responses by variables such as gender, age, and health status. We use the case of "egg production" to propose a new factor that may be an important source of variation in bodily experience: an individual's reason for undergoing the medical intervention in the first place...
June 22, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689630/using-a-structural-competency-framework-to-teach-structural-racism-in-pre-health-education
#18
Jonathan M Metzl, JuLeigh Petty, Oluwatunmise V Olowojoba
The inclusion of structural competency training in pre-health undergraduate programs may offer significant benefits to future healthcare professionals. This paper presents the results of a comparative study of an interdisciplinary pre-health curriculum based in structural competency with a traditional premedical curriculum. The authors describe the interdisciplinary pre-health curriculum, titled Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS) at Vanderbilt University. The authors then use a new survey tool, the Structural Foundations of Health Survey, to evaluate structural skills and sensibilities...
June 22, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666546/ten-years-after-the-financial-crisis-the-long-reach-of-austerity-and-its-global-impacts-on-health
#19
Sanjay Basu, Megan Carney, Nora J Kenworthy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668726/prudence-pleasure-and-cognitive-ageing-configurations-of-the-uses-and-users-of-brain-training-games-within-uk-media-2005-2015
#20
Martyn Pickersgill, Tineke Broer, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Ian Deary
The use of 'brain training' games is often regarded as relating to wider ideals of self-improvement and youthfulness. Hence, use is intertwined with discourses of 'active' ageing. This paper analyzes how the use and users of brain training games were configured in the UK media, from 2005 to 2015, and examines how notions of active ageing relate to these representations. Game users were rarely constructed solely as gamers, and were more often presented as prudent individuals focused on a serious goal. This configuration related to assumed and enjoined motivations for brain training; specifically, users were commonly framed as seeking to enhance cognition and limit/delay cognitive decline...
June 21, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
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