Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 631–637 | Cite as

How the Social Environment Gets Under the Skin



The impact of the social environment on human health and development is a common theme among demographers and population dynamics researchers. Less clear are the paths and mechanisms through which the social environment ‘gets under the skin.’ This special issue of Population Research and Policy Review presents five papers that address current scientific thinking on these paths and mechanisms.


Social environment Mechanisms Physiological pathways Health outcomes 



We thank NICHD, RCUK, ESRC, and NSF staff for creating and supporting this series of meetings, particularly Suzanne Austin (formerly of RCUK), Rosalina Bray (formerly of NICHD), Vanessa Cuthill (formerly of ESRC), Rebecca Clark (NICHD), Layla Esposito (NICHD), Rebecca Ferrell (NSF), and Lisa Freund (NICHD). We thank all the meeting participants for their energy and thoughtful scientific input. We also thank the Editors of PRPR and the anonymous reviewers for their guidance and comments. Participants in the “How the Social Environment Gets Under the Skin” meeting (many of whom are manuscript authors and/or reviewers): Anne Case, Pamela Davis-Keane, Andrew Fuligni, Joseph Grzywacz, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Yvonne Kelly, Anne McMunn, and Seth Sanders (Mentors); Achyuta Adhvaryu, David Bann, Laia Becares, Aprile Benner, Maria Bleil, Jennifer Buher Kane, Apostolos Davillas, Helen Frances Dodd, Bridget Goosby, Sarah Halligan, Camelia Hostinar, Jessica Jones-Smith, Katherine King, Michael Kramer, Rebecca Lacey, Claire Margerison-Zilko, Eric Schneider, Amanda Thompson, Naomi Priest, Kammi Schmeer, Julia Steinberg, and Afshin Zilanawala (Rising Scholars).


The contents of this article do not represent official positions of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or any component of the federal government. This article should not be construed as providing funding priorities or recommendations for grant application topics to the Population Dynamics Branch of the NICHD.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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