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Being at the Bottom of the Social Ladder can be Hazardous to Your Health

  • Open or Close Carol Apt*

    South Carolina State University, USA

    *Corresponding author: Carol Apt Ph. D, Professor of Medical Sociology, South Carolina State University, USA

Submission: April 17, 2018;Published: April 20, 2018

Volume1 Issue1
April 2018


Most societies around the world stratify their inhabitants according to one of two systems: by class or by caste. From a global perspective, there is a tendency for people in the lower socioeconomic strata to have many more health problems than people in higher strata, and the United States is no exception. This article examines some of the possible explanations for why Americans at or below the poverty level have poorer health than their counterparts in higher social classes. The poverty level in the United States was established in the 1960s by former President Lyndon Johnson, and is approximately $25,000 for a family of four.

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