Socioeconomic effects on child mortality in the United States

Am J Public Health. 1982 Jun;72(6):539-47. doi: 10.2105/ajph.72.6.539.


Despite considerable reason for scholarly and policy interest in socioeconomic mortality differentials, socioeconomic effects on child and teenage mortality in the United States have been a neglected research topic because of several data limitations. Exploiting data obtained for other purposes, this paper reports socioeconomic effects on the mortality of children and teenagers. Socioeconomic mortality differentials among children are large--at least as large as those among adults. The major source of socioeconomic mortality differences among children is apparently differential risk to accidental death. Within the child population, the strength of socioeconomic effects varies directly with the relative importance of accidents as a component of overall mortality.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality*
  • Mothers
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States