Fellowship: Children's living conditions and health

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 4400000 SEK


In this research project, two structural distributions of social positions will be focussed on and analysed in relation to children’s health and life chances. These are the family’s position in the society’s income distribution and the child’s position in the school class’ status distribution. The major purpose is to study to what degree, and through which mechanisms, the child’s position in these status distributions is translated into health disparities. The hierarchical position is of relevance for the distribution of resources, the individual’s relative comparisons, experienced expectations and emotions. Through these mechanisms, status distributions may generate health differences. The type of resources the position brings, however, differs between these two distributions which focus on the family and the school respectively as essential and fundamental living environments for children and adolescents. The studies will describe status differences in health and analyse which resources and mechanisms that seem central when the purpose is to understand children’s health and life chances, where the latter include health in adulthood. The data materials primarily used will be, first, nationally representative welfare surveys among Swedish children and adolescents and, second, longitudinal studies where information has been gathered both in childhood and adulthood.

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