Social Determinants of Child Health: Concepts and Measures for Future Research

Health Behavior & Policy Review. 1(6):432-445, 2014

Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-02

15 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2014 Last revised: 8 Jan 2015

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Kelli Komro

University of Florida - Institute for Child Health Policy

Scott Burris

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Alexander C Wagenaar

University of Florida, College of Medicine

Date Written: January 8, 2015

Abstract

Objectives: This review examines the effects of family economic security policies on child and family health outcomes, formulates a framework for possible mechanisms of effect, and introduces our policy surveillance system to measure changes in state laws affecting social determinants of health.

Methods: We carried out a comprehensive review of the published literature on family economic security policies and health outcomes.

Results: There is a paucity of studies examining effects of economic policies on child and family health behaviors and outcomes; moreover, even fewer investigate causal pathways from policy to mediating changes in social and physical conditions or health behaviors.

Conclusion: State policy variations offer a valuable opportunity for scientists to conduct natural experiments and contribute to evidence linking social policy effects to family and child wellbeing.

Keywords: social determinants of health, maternal and child health, public health law, public health law research

Suggested Citation

Komro, Kelli and Burris, Scott C. and Wagenaar, Alexander C, Social Determinants of Child Health: Concepts and Measures for Future Research (January 8, 2015). Health Behavior & Policy Review. 1(6):432-445, 2014; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2539100

Kelli Komro

University of Florida - Institute for Child Health Policy ( email )

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United States

Scott C. Burris (Contact Author)

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

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Alexander C Wagenaar

University of Florida, College of Medicine ( email )

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

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