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Family Problems: Stress, Risk, and Resilience by Joyce A. Arditti

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5Social Disparities in Family Health

Jinette Comeau and William R. Avison

Increasingly, health psychologists and other social scientists have become interested in understanding how various social disadvantages translate into poorer physical and mental health for parents and children. We begin this chapter by describing how emerging trends in family formation and dissolution in Europe and North America have changed the composition of families over the past three decades. This “second demographic transition,” as it is known, has contributed significantly to increased disparities between advantaged and disadvantaged families. Of course, family composition is not the only source of social disadvantage. It is well known that specific racial and ethnic minority groups are more disadvantaged ...

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