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Family background and child health

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Frame of Image inequity in children receives particular interest because of its potential long-run effect on adult outcomes such as educational attainment and labor market success. Disadvantages occurring at this early stage may be hard to mediate and costly to reverse. This study is an investigation into the relationship between child health and family background using nationally representative data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It confirms the existence of a socioeconomic gradient in child health, examines the role of nutrition and diet-related factors, and provides an evaluation on the income-related inequity in the distribution of health care utilization. I believe that this research shows how family-related factors are relevant in the determination of health outcomes early in life and hope that the evidence presented here proves useful to policy-makers. The author would like to thank Dr. Hyungna Oh and Dr. Hisam Kim for valuable comments. Doug Jeong provided excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the author and should not be attributed to the Korea Development Institute.
Oh-Seok HYUN President of KDI
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Preface Summary Introduction CHAPTER 1 Literature Review CHAPTER 2 Methodology and Data 1. Methodology (1) Family-related Factors and Child Health (2) Equity in Health Care Utilization 2. Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) CHAPTER 3 The Child Health-SES Gradient 1. The Relationsh


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Title Family background and child health
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Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Kim, Yeonsoo

Publisher

Seoul:Korea Development Institute

Date 2012-09
Series Title; No Policy study / 2012-01
Pages 69
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language Korean
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Health
Holding Korea Development Institute

Abstract

Socioeconomic inequity in health is of concern in many developed countries. To reduce inequites, one first needs to establish which factors contribute to diferences in health acros individuals from diferent socioeconomic backgrounds. The health of children receives particular interest because of its potential long-run implications on adult outcomes such as educational atainment and labor market suces. Disadvantages ocuring at this early stage may be hard to mediate and costly to reverse. This study is an investigation into the relationship betwen child health and family background using nationaly representative data from the Korean National Health and Nutriton Examination Survey. The empirical results indicate that children from low-income households have worse health on average, with diet-related lifestyle factors also playing a role. Children from high-income familes with more educated parents are healthier as they are les likely to skip meals, have a more diverse and balanced diet, and their mother's are more conscious of what hey put on the diner table. Diferent lifestyle paterns among socioeconomic groups may result in diferential risk towards various ilneses. With rising incidence of chronic ilneses, there is a consensus that more emphasis be placed on prevention and early diagnosis. One way to achieve this would be by internalizing healthy lifestyles early in childhod. (The rest omitted)