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Childhood Peer Status and the Clustering of Social, Economic, and Health-related Circumstances in Adulthood:  
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2014 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, no 105, 67-75 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Within the school-class context, children attain a social position in the peer hierarchy to which varying amounts of status are attached. Studies have shown that peer status – i.e. the degree of acceptance and likeability among classmates – is associated with adult health. However, these studies have generally paid little attention to the fact that health problems are likely to coincide with other adverse circumstances within the individual. The overarching aim of the current study was therefore to examine the impact of childhood peer status on the clustering of social, economic, and health-related circumstances in adulthood. Using a 1953 cohort born in Stockholm, Sweden (n = 14,294), four outcome profiles in adulthood were identified by means of latent class analysis: ‘Average’, ‘Low education’, ‘Unemployment’, and ‘Social assistance recipiency and mental health problems’. Multinomial regression analysis demonstrated that those with lower peer status had exceedingly higher risks of later ending up in the more adverse clusters. This association remained after adjusting for a variety of family-related and individual factors. We conclude that peer status constitutes a central aspect of children's upbringing with important consequences for life chances

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2014. no 105, 67-75 p.
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Childhood, Peer status, Cohort, Life course, Outcome profiles, Living conditions, Latent class analysis, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100521DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.01.011ISI: 000334476400009OAI: diva2:694258
Swedish Research CouncilForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-02-06 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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