La dipendenza sociosanitana del minore in un contesto territoriale locale

Translated title of the contribution: Measuring social health deprivation in children at local level

Rita Campi, Claudia Sala, Maurizio Bonati

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▶ Aims. The purpose of this study was to describe the extent of deprivation of youths at the municipal level by building a multidimensional index. ▶ Methods. The study used data collected in 29 participating public service agencies for the age groups 11-14 and 15-19 years and for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. Four dimensions to be measured were identified: the economy, health, education, and participation/social exclusion. The components were detected by applying a standardized value of each indicator using the z-scores method. The overall index results were obtained based on the average position of each component compared to the four dimensions examined. Higher index values correspond to conditions of greater deprivation and lower values to less deprivation. ▶ Results. The results reveal a varying geographical distribution of the deprivation index, thus identifying significant differences at the local level between municipalities. The results can be evaluated not only in terms of location (between towns) but also in terms of time (between years) and age (11-14 and 15-19). ▶ Conclusions. This study has led to a valid method for defining an index that ranks municipalities in terms of a child's level of deprivation in terms of location and time. This index could therefore become a routine indicator for monitoring the situation over time and by age and for programming interventions aimed at improving the situation, starting from the single dimensions (economy, health, education, and participation/social exclusion).

Translated title of the contributionMeasuring social health deprivation in children at local level
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)180-187
Number of pages8
JournalRicerca e Pratica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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