Child Health Nurs Res.  2013 Oct;19(4):247-251.

Health Disparity and Health Welfare among Children from Low-Income Families

  • 1College of Nursing, Nursing Policy Research Institute, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.


Children from low income families are vulnerable to physical problems including obesity, asthma, hypertension and psychological problems including depression, anxiety. This study was done to identify trends in welfare policy for children from low-income families and future direction for solving health disparity problems. Dream Start is a government-sponsored project that offers services for vulnerable children, ages 0 (include pregnant woman) to 12 years and their families. The Korean Government has made an effort to alleviate health disparity through the 'Health Plan' by establishing health objectives. However, in spite of these efforts by the Korean government, health disparity has worsened in Korea. In order to strengthen family function as well as promote growth and development for vulnerable children, experts in child care need to be significantly involved in identifying neglected children in the community.


Children; Health inequality; Low-income population
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