Socioeconomic inequity in self-rated health status and contribution of health behavioral factors in Korea

Minkyung Kim, Woojin Chung, Seungji Lim, Soojin Yoon, Jakyoung Lee, Eunkyung Kim, Lanju Ko

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Objectives: The study is investigated socioeconomic variations in self-rated health status and contribution of health behavioral factors in Korea. Methods: A nationally representative sample (2,800 men and 3,230 women aged 20-64 years) from the 2005 Korea National Health and Nutrition Surveys was analyzed using logistic regression. Results: Self-rated health was lower among lower socioeconomic groups compared with higher socioeconomic groups, with gender being irrelevant. This association was attenuated when health behavioral and socio-demographic factors were adjusted. When each health behavioral factor was considered separately, mediators such as smoking in men, and stress or exercise in women explained a large part of the decreased socioeconomic health inequalities. Conclusions: In Korea, subjective health inequalities arise from different socioeconomic status, but this difference is decreased by health behavioral factors. Therefore, socioeconomic inequity in self-rated health status can be corrected more effectively by promotional health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-61
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1

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Korea
Health Status
Health
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Nutrition Surveys
Health Behavior
Health Surveys
Social Class
Logistic Models
Smoking
Demography
Exercise

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Kim, Minkyung ; Chung, Woojin ; Lim, Seungji ; Yoon, Soojin ; Lee, Jakyoung ; Kim, Eunkyung ; Ko, Lanju. / Socioeconomic inequity in self-rated health status and contribution of health behavioral factors in Korea. In: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. 2010 ; Vol. 43, No. 1. pp. 50-61.
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In: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Vol. 43, No. 1, 01.01.2010, p. 50-61.

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