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Subjective social status and health: Multidisciplinary explanations and methodological challenges.

Authors
  • Hoebel, Jens1
  • Lampert, Thomas1
  • 1 Robert Koch Institute, Germany. , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
2
Pages
173–185
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318800804
PMID: 30230391
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Since the early 2000s, evidence has been accumulating that subjective social status - a person's sense of their own position on the social ladder - affects health above and beyond objective socioeconomic status. To date, however, little is known about how these distinct health effects of subjective social status can be explained. This article narratively reviews different explanatory approaches and key methodological challenges, backed up by empirical findings and supplemented by the authors' own reflections. Both social-psychological and psychoneurobiological explanations can make a theoretically plausible contribution to explaining the subjective social status-health relationship. Experimental and panel designs appear promising for addressing important methodological challenges in this strand of research.

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