Dressler, William W.
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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|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.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2828|
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