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Reconsidering inequalities in preventive health care: an application of cultural health capital theory and the life-course perspective

Sarah Missinne (UGent) , Karel Neels and Piet Bracke (UGent)
(2014) SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS. 36(8). p.1259-1275
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Whilst there are abundant descriptions of socio-economic inequalities in preventive health care, knowledge about the true mechanisms is still lacking. Recently, the role of cultural health capital in preventive health care inequalities has been discussed theoretically. Given substantial analogies, we explore how our understanding of cultural health capital and preventive health care inequalities can be advanced by applying the theoretical principles and methodology of the life course perspective. By means of event history analysis and retrospective data from the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement (SHARELIFE), we examine the role of cultural capital and cultural health capital during childhood on the timely initiation of mammography screening in Belgium (N=1,348). In line with cumulative disadvantage theory, the results show that childhood cultural conditions are independently associated with mammography screening, even after childhood and adulthood SEP and health are controlled for. Lingering effects from childhood are suggested by the accumulation of cultural health capital that starts early in life. Inequalities in the take up of screening are manifested as a lower probability of ever having a mammogram, rather than in the late initiation of screening.
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SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS, MEDICAL-CARE, CUMULATIVE ADVANTAGE, SOCIAL INEQUALITIES, NON-ATTENDANCE, CANCER, BEHAVIOR, PREDICTORS, CHILDHOOD, preventive health care, inequalities, cultural health capital, life-course, mammography screening, DOCTOR-PATIENT COMMUNICATION

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Missinne, Sarah, Karel Neels, and Piet Bracke. “Reconsidering Inequalities in Preventive Health Care: An Application of Cultural Health Capital Theory and the Life-course Perspective.” SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS 36.8 (2014): 1259–1275. Print.
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Missinne, S., Neels, K., & Bracke, P. (2014). Reconsidering inequalities in preventive health care: an application of cultural health capital theory and the life-course perspective. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 36(8), 1259–1275.
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Missinne, Sarah, Karel Neels, and Piet Bracke. 2014. “Reconsidering Inequalities in Preventive Health Care: An Application of Cultural Health Capital Theory and the Life-course Perspective.” Sociology of Health & Illness 36 (8): 1259–1275.
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Missinne, Sarah, Karel Neels, and Piet Bracke. 2014. “Reconsidering Inequalities in Preventive Health Care: An Application of Cultural Health Capital Theory and the Life-course Perspective.” Sociology of Health & Illness 36 (8): 1259–1275.
Vancouver
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Missinne S, Neels K, Bracke P. Reconsidering inequalities in preventive health care: an application of cultural health capital theory and the life-course perspective. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS. 2014;36(8):1259–75.
IEEE
[1]
S. Missinne, K. Neels, and P. Bracke, “Reconsidering inequalities in preventive health care: an application of cultural health capital theory and the life-course perspective,” SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, vol. 36, no. 8, pp. 1259–1275, 2014.
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  author       = {Missinne, Sarah and Neels, Karel and Bracke, Piet},
  issn         = {0141-9889},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
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  title        = {Reconsidering inequalities in preventive health care: an application of cultural health capital theory and the life-course perspective},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12169},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2014},
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