Harding S, Rosato M, Brown J, Smith J. Social patterning of health and mortality: children, aged 6-15 years, followed up for 25 years in the ONS Longitudinal Study. Health Statistics Quarterly 1999; 03:
Children aged 6-15 years in 1971 were followed up in the ONS Longitudinal Study for 25 years. The relationship between health and socio-economic circumstances at different stages of the life course was examined. Measures of socio-economic position in childhood and adulthood were all associated with health and survival but the relationship appeared strongest with the most recent measure of socio-economic position. This could be because of the young age of this sample as accidents and injuries accounted for most of the deaths. Health and survival was poorest among those who had experienced persisting socio-economic disadvantage.