The social reproduction of preventive health behavior in Europe: societal transformations and fundamental social causes

01 October 2016 → 30 September 2020
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Applied sociology
    • Policy and administration
    • Social psychology
    • Social stratification
    • Social theory and sociological methods
    • Social work
    • Sociology of life course, family and health
    • Other sociology and anthropology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Social medical sciences
Preventive health measures health gradient
Project description

New preventive health measures widen the health gradient instead of reducing it. Previous theories too narrowly focused on proximate risk factors leading to insufficient explanations. The current proposal aims to contribute to an epidemiological sociology of health inequalities by developing a new framework consisting of the interconnection between fundamental cause theory, cultural health capital theory, and diffusion of innovation theory.