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      Systemic Analysis of Socioeconomic Determinants of Health in American Kids with a Behavioral Focus: A Case Study Using the Agent Based Approach (ABA)

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      Journal of Systems Thinking Preprints
      Cabrera Research Lab
      childhood, health, behavior, agent-based, environment, diet, nutrition, socioeconomic


            Understanding the relationship between the socioeconomic determinants of health and childhood health outcomes is vitally important to create effective health intervention programs that benefit kids across a variety of socioeconomic contexts. An emphasis on childhood health behaviors within this relationship adds a unique nuance that has not been explored yet systematically but is necessary given that habits and behaviors instilled at an early age are more

            likely to last later in life. Thus, this map takes a systematic look at the relationships between and amongst these three overarching agents: socioeconomic determinants of health, childhood health behaviors, and childhood health outcomes in American kids aged 5-13. By exploring how each overarching agent relates to the parts of the others and the parts of itself using the “Agent Based Approach”, we are able to come to a more holistic understanding of how health outcomes are shaped by environmental influences, and can subsequently target intervention points by creating systematized recommendations that will have the most widespread and effective impact.


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            Journal of Systems Thinking Preprints
            Cabrera Research Lab
            11 May 2022
            [1 ] Health Behaviors Lab, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, 160 Reservoir Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
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            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

            Data sharing not applicable to this article as no datasets were generated or analysed during the current study.
            Nutrition & Dietetics,General social science,General behavioral science


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