Not To Be Ignored: young people, poverty and health

Publication date: 1997 Format: Paperback, 192 pages Published by: Child Poverty Action Group
ISBN: 0 946744 90 4

This is the first study of the connection between poverty and the health of young people. The authors, from Bristol University’s Department of Social Medicine, explore: the causes of ill health; education, social security and housing issues; health intervention and promotion strategies for young people; and, the effectiveness of existing resources. There are also positive proposals for improving health care for the young. Interviews with young people help to illuminate attitudes towards health issues, and convey the reality of being young and poor in Britain today.

Published by CPAG in association with The King’s Fund.

Children and young people have now overtaken pensioners as the largest age group in poverty and their health is suffering as a result..(Not To Be Ignored) shows that the main poverty-related health problems are accidents, respiratory problems, depression, schizophrenia, dietary deficiencies, substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. Suicide rates for young men have doubled since 1975 and are almost three times higher for young poor people than for those from better-off backgrounds’ The Independent

Surprisingly little seems to have changed since the first UK epidemiological study of child health in 1947…The CPAG report also shows a clear connection between respiratory diseases and poverty, as did the first UK study on the effects of poverty and poor housing conditions on children’s health’ The Lancet

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