HBSC Briefing paper 23: Subjective health and medicine use among Scottish adolescents

Alina Cosma, Gill Rhodes, Candace Currie, Jo Inchley, Dorothy Currie, Fergus Gilmour Neville, Karen Hunter, Fergus Neville, Ross Whitehead

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Self-rated health is a subjective measure of overall health and an important indicator of well-being. Poor health can have considerable impact on an individual’s functioning and place pressure on healthcare systems. Health in adolescence can also have effects that extend into adulthood. Medicine use behaviours developed in adolescence have been shown to continue into adulthood. Moreover, medicine over-use can have both immediate and long-term consequences; with implications for the individual, their family and friends, as well as health services. This Briefing Paper presents findings from the 2014 Scottish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey on subjective indicators of health, including perceived general health, health complaints and medicine use, as well as their trends over time.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSt Andrews
PublisherChild and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Publication series

NameHBSC Briefing Paper


  • Adolescent
  • Medicine use
  • Subjective health
  • Scotland


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