Measuring the effect of ethnic and non-ethnic discrimination on Europeans’ self-rated health



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Álvarez Gálvez, Javier (2015) Measuring the effect of ethnic and non-ethnic discrimination on Europeans’ self-rated health. International Journal of Public Health . pp. 1-8. ISSN 1661-8556

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Objectives The study of perceived discrimination based on race and ethnic traits belongs to a long-held tradition in this field, but recent studies have found that non-ethnic discrimination based on factors such as gender, disability or age is also a crucial predictor of health outcomes. Methods Using data from the European Social Survey (2010), and applying Boolean Factor Analysis and Ordered Logistic Regression models, this study is aimed to compare how ethnic and non-ethnic types of discrimination might affect self-rated health in the European context. Results We found that non-ethnic types of discrimination produce stronger differences on health outcomes. This result indicates that the probabilities of presenting a poor state of health are significantly higher when individuals feel they are being discriminated against for social or demographic conditions (gender, age, sexuality or disability) rather than for ethnic reasons (nationality, race, ethnicity, language or religiosity). Conclusions This study offers a clear comparison of health inequalities based on ethnic and non ethnic types of discrimination in the European context, overcoming analytical based on binary indicators and simple measures of discrimination

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ethnic discrimination, Non-ethnic discrimination, Self-rated health, Health inequalities, Europe
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine
Social sciences > Sociology
Social sciences > Sociology > Statistics and social indicators
Social sciences > Social service > Disability
Social sciences > Social service > Women
Social sciences > European Union
ID Code:33447
Deposited On:06 Oct 2015 13:31
Last Modified:06 Oct 2015 13:31

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