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The consequences of household composition and household change for Indigenous health: evidence from eight waves of the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)

Hewitt, B and Walter, M ORCID: 0000-0002-8028-5274 2021 , 'The consequences of household composition and household change for Indigenous health: evidence from eight waves of the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)' , Health Sociology Review , doi: 10.1080/14461242.2020.1865184.

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Abstract

Households are important health contexts, providing social,emotional, financial and material support, but little is knownabout the role of household composition in the social etiology ofIndigenous health. Our research is framed by an Indigenousstandpoint, using eight waves of data from the LongitudinalStudy of Indigenous Children. We investigated whetherhousehold composition and change in household compositionwere associated with the self-reported general health ofIndigenous children and their mothers, adjusting forsocioeconomic, household structure and social support factors.Our measure of household composition comprised eight groupsdifferentiating lone and couple parents, living with and withoutother children and adults. Study children in couple householdswith other children and adults were 16% less likely to haveexcellent health and mothers in these same households were 7%less likely to report excellent health than children and mothers incouple households. We find little evidence that mothers in loneparent households have poorer health than mothers in couplehouseholds, after adjustment for covariates. Change in householdcomposition was positively associated with health for bothchildren and mothers. The results caution against presuming adirect translatability of research findings from non-Indigenous toIndigenous Peoples.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hewitt, B and Walter, M
Keywords: household, Indigenous, family
Journal or Publication Title: Health Sociology Review
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1446-1242
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/14461242.2020.1865184
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