Socioeconomic status and childhood mortality in North Carolina

Am J Public Health. 1992 Aug;82(8):1131-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.8.1131.


Children in families eligible to receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) were found to have substantially higher mortality rates than non-AFDC children. The disparity seems to be greater for Whites than for non-Whites. These results suggest the presence of social class differentials in access to and use of health care and related services and facilities, in exposure to environmental risks, and in knowledge of injury control measures.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mortality*
  • North Carolina / epidemiology
  • Racial Groups
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Class*