Christopher von Rueden, assistant professor of leadership studies, shares how low social status can negatively affect health.

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WHAT is the relationship between social status and health?

This is a tricky question. In modern industrialized societies, health certainly improves as you move up the socioeconomic ladder, but much of that trend is a result of health care and lifestyle factors (diet, physical activity) that are associated with income — not relative social position per se.

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Associate Professor of Leadership Studies
Status Hierarchy
Leader Emergence in Task Groups
Evolution of Cooperation and Morality
Social Gradient of Health
Small-scale Societies
Origins of Personality Differences