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Social factors mediating social class differences in blood pressure in a Jamaican community.
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PMID:  1439907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Research on the factors mediating social class differences in blood pressure was carried out in a Jamaican community. It was found in a previous report that higher social class is related to lower blood pressure for females, while for males higher social class is related to higher blood pressure. These differences are examined in greater detail here, especially in terms of the historical context of the specific community studied, which is on the fringe of the Kingston urban area, and in terms of the continuing importance of a social class system established under colonial rule. In the current study it is shown that social class differences in blood pressure for males are mediated by perceptions of social support. Social class differences in blood pressure for females are mediated by perceptions of economic stress. It is suggested that specific patterns of the growth of the city, and the historically-based social class system, have resulted in the juxtaposition of lower and middle class Jamaicans within this community, who in turn are influenced by different factors affecting blood pressure.
W W Dressler; G A Grell; P N Gallagher; F E Viteri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  1992 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-12-18     Completed Date:  1992-12-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1233-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Behavioral and Community Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine-Tuscaloosa Program 35487-0326.
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MeSH Terms
Hypertension / epidemiology*,  etiology,  psychology
Jamaica / epidemiology
Life Style
Middle Aged
Regression Analysis
Sex Factors
Social Class*
Social Support
Stress, Psychological / complications

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