Type of Thesis
Type I Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic illness that affects children nationwide. Chronic diseases like diabetes can affect well-being as well as physical health. The primary focus of this paper is to examine how social determinants of health such as education and income are associated with children’s overall health, and how this association is affected by childhood diabetes. I used the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), representative national-level data, to analyze this association. A series of cross-tabulations and three-way associations were conducted to test for the significant influences of diabetes on socioeconomic status and health. While diabetes suppressed the relationship between socioeconomic status and health, overall a strong association was found between social determinants and health in the sample. These important findings contribute to our understanding of how key social determinants of health such as socioeconomic status can be shaped by childhood chronic conditions such as diabetes.
Seligova, Sona, "The Association between Socioeconomic Status and Children's Overall Health: The Important Role of Type I Diabetes Mellitus" (2017). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1443.