Growing Up Unequal- Gender and Socioeconomic Differences in Young People's Health and Well-being
Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study, International Report from the 2013/2014 Survey
This book is the latest addition to a series of reports on young people's health from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: a WHO collaborative cross-national study that has provided information about the health, well-being, social environment and health behavior of 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys and girls for over 30 years. This book presents findings from the 2013/2014 survey on the demographic and social influences on the health of almost 220,000 young people in 42 countries and regions in the WHO European Region and North America. Responding to the survey, the young people described their social context (relations with family, peers and school), health outcomes (subjective health, injuries, obesity and mental health), health behavior (patterns of eating, tooth brushing and physical activity) and risk behaviors (use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis, sexual behavior, fighting and bullying). For the first time, the report also includes items on family and peer support, migration, cyber-bullying and serious injuries.
Statistical analyses were made to identify meaningful differences in the prevalence of health and social indicators by gender, age group and levels of family affluence. The findings highlight important health inequalities and contribute to a better understanding of the social determinants of health and well-being among young people.
Through this international report on the results of its most recent survey, the HBSC study supplies the up-to-date information needed by policy-makers at various levels of government, nongovernmental organizations and professionals in sectors such as health, education, social services, justice and recreation, to protect and promote young people's health.