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Source: Social Work in Health Care
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1. Caputo, Richard K.
The Effects of Socioeconomic Status, Perceived Discrimination and Mastery of Health Status in a Youth Cohort
Social Work in Health Care 37,2 (2003): 17-42.
Also: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J010v37n02_02
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Haworth Press, Inc.
Keyword(s): Disadvantaged, Economically; Discrimination; Health, Mental; Health/Health Status/SF-12 Scale; Life Course; Socioeconomic Background; Socioeconomic Status (SES)

This study examined the influence of socioeconomic status, perceived discrimination, and sense of mastery over one's life on the health status of a subsample of a US cohort of youth (N=969). When controlling for a variety of social characteristics and personal attributes, only sense of mastery over one's life, measured by the Pearlin Mastery Scale, affected physical and mental health statuses. Perceived discrimination, affected only mental health status, while SES over the life course affected only physical health. Findings affirmed the efforts of professions like social work that stress self-determination and empowerment enabling individuals to enhance their own social function and improve conditions in their communities and in society at large. They also suggested that in regard to mental health advocacy efforts to decrease health disparities can find social justice related grounds based on gender.
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Caputo, Richard K. "The Effects of Socioeconomic Status, Perceived Discrimination and Mastery of Health Status in a Youth Cohort." Social Work in Health Care 37,2 (2003): 17-42.