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Health in the African American Community: Accounting for Health Inequalities

Dressler, William W. (1993) Health in the African American Community: Accounting for Health Inequalities. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 7 (4). pp. 325-345. ISSN 0745-5194

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African Americans are at a higher risk of having a variety of health problems and have less access to health care than white Americans. This article explores these health inequalities and their explanations. Three conventional models of health inequalities—a racial-genetic model, a health behavior or lifestyle model, and a socioeconomic status model—are examined and found to be insufficient to account for observed disparities. A fourth alternative, termed a “social structural model,” is proposed. In this model, it is argued that the primary index of ethnic status, namely skin color, serves as a criterion of social class in color-conscious societies such as that of the United States. This alters social mobility processes and creates health inequalities for African Americans.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: African Americans, access to health care, health inequalities, disparities, social structural model, ethnicity
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare
Health > Disparities
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Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2011 19:29
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2011 19:29
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2828

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