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Intergenerational Health Inequalities

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Intergenerational inequalities in health are a cause of lifetime poor health which are avoidable. However, the causes and effectiveness of interventions to reduce intergenerational inequalities is missing from the literature. To date, there has been a few studies investigating existing intergenerational correlations in correlation in health. There is also a lack of an existing multi-disciplinary body of research across the health and social sciences which can be used by policy makers and academics to reduce existing intergenerational inequalities. In order to develop policy and interventions to ensure equity of opportunity, it is important to understand the causes and effects of intergenerational health inequalities and how they can be reduced.

We envision for the Research Topic will fill an important gap in the literature by providing a wide ranging and innovative collection of current research and evaluation of policies to reduce intergenerational inequalities. The aim will be to inform local, national and international initiatives to identify and evaluate existing interventions to provide evidence to help eliminate intergenerational health inequalities. This Topic can reach these aims by including multi-disciplinary research across the social and health sciences, showcasing innovative and new research in the area to help create policy and evidence to reduce intergenerational inequalities.

We welcome researchers working across the social sciences and health sciences to participate in this Research Topic, as well as interdisciplinary research papers and systematic reviews addressing the following research questions:
• Examine the relative experiences and outcomes for different generations and how this is likely to impact on health across the life-course and influence intergenerational equity in health;
• Evaluate how existing policies are contributing or reducing intergenerational health inequalities, especially in regard to non-communicable diseases;
• Estimate the local, national, and global costs of intergenerational health inequalities;
• Study new or existing interventions to reduce intergenerational health inequalities.


Keywords: intergenerational, intergenerational health inequalities, health inequity, health inequalities, evaluation, lifecourse


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Intergenerational inequalities in health are a cause of lifetime poor health which are avoidable. However, the causes and effectiveness of interventions to reduce intergenerational inequalities is missing from the literature. To date, there has been a few studies investigating existing intergenerational correlations in correlation in health. There is also a lack of an existing multi-disciplinary body of research across the health and social sciences which can be used by policy makers and academics to reduce existing intergenerational inequalities. In order to develop policy and interventions to ensure equity of opportunity, it is important to understand the causes and effects of intergenerational health inequalities and how they can be reduced.

We envision for the Research Topic will fill an important gap in the literature by providing a wide ranging and innovative collection of current research and evaluation of policies to reduce intergenerational inequalities. The aim will be to inform local, national and international initiatives to identify and evaluate existing interventions to provide evidence to help eliminate intergenerational health inequalities. This Topic can reach these aims by including multi-disciplinary research across the social and health sciences, showcasing innovative and new research in the area to help create policy and evidence to reduce intergenerational inequalities.

We welcome researchers working across the social sciences and health sciences to participate in this Research Topic, as well as interdisciplinary research papers and systematic reviews addressing the following research questions:
• Examine the relative experiences and outcomes for different generations and how this is likely to impact on health across the life-course and influence intergenerational equity in health;
• Evaluate how existing policies are contributing or reducing intergenerational health inequalities, especially in regard to non-communicable diseases;
• Estimate the local, national, and global costs of intergenerational health inequalities;
• Study new or existing interventions to reduce intergenerational health inequalities.


Keywords: intergenerational, intergenerational health inequalities, health inequity, health inequalities, evaluation, lifecourse


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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26 March 2021 Abstract
26 July 2021 Manuscript

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26 July 2021 Manuscript

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