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 


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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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