Measures of social class based on education for use in health studies in developing countries.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this paper we consider the appropriateness of education, compared to occupation and income, as a measure of social class for use in health-related studies in developing societies in transition. Three evaluation criteria were used, namely, the feasibility of constructing the measure, its sensitivity in reflecting relevant social class life conditions, and its ability to produce a family-level measure of social class. We used two data sets from community health surveys in areas of Amman city, Jordan, and in Beirut city, Lebanon, to define a family-based average educational score. We then proceeded, using the Beirut data, to test the score's ability to discriminate social class effects on family health, compared to a more standard representation based on the educational level of the head of the family. It was found that the performance of the average educational score was often better than, but not consistently superior to, the educational level of the head of the family.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zurayk, H; Halabi, S; Deeb, M

Published Date

  • June 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 173 - 179

PubMed ID

  • 3309117

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1052605

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0143-005X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/jech.41.2.173


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England