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Term: Social Complexities

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2016-11-16


Social complexities are "social conditions", such as unstable housing or poverty, that are known to influence health. Several social conditions were identified and investigated in Katz et al. (2016), to determine their influence on health. These eleven conditions included:

  1. high residential mobility;
  2. low income quintile;
  3. social housing resident;
  4. on income assistance;
  5. major mental health diagnosis;
  6. newcomer (to Canada);
  7. child of a newcomer;
  8. teen mom;
  9. child of a teen mom;
  10. child in care; and
  11. involvement with the justice system.
For more detailed information on each of these social complexities and how the findings from this research, please read the Social Complexities / Social Complexity Index concept.

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  • Katz A, Valdivia J, Chateau D, Taylor C, Walld R, McCulloch S, Becker C, Ginter J. A Comparison of Models of Primary Care Delivery in Winnipeg. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2016. [Report] [Summary] [Additional Materials] (View)

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