Inequalities in young people's health: HBSC international report from the 2005/2006 Survey

Candace Currie (Editor), Saoirse Nic Gabhainn (Editor), Emmanuelle Godeau (Editor), Chris Roberts (Editor), Rebecca Smith (Editor), Dorothy Currie (Editor), Will Pickett (Editor), Matthias Richter (Editor), Antony Morgan (Editor), Vivian Barnekow (Editor)

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This international report is the fourth from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, a WHO collaborative cross-national study, and the most comprehensive to date. It presents the key findings on patterns of health among young people aged 11, 13 and 15 years in 41 countries and regions across the WHO European Region and North America in 2005/2006. The report’s theme is health inequalities, quantifying the gender, age, geographic and socioeconomic dimensions of health differentials. It aims to highlight where these inequalities exist, to inform and influence policy and practice and to help improve health for all young people. The report clearly shows that while the health and wellbeing of many young people give cause for celebration, sizeable minorities are experiencing real and worrying problems related to overweight and obesity, body image, life satisfaction, substance misuse and bullying. It provides reliable data that health systems in Member States can use to support and encourage sectors such as education, social inclusion and housing to achieve their primary goals and, in so doing, benefit young people’s health. Policy-makers and professionals in the participating countries and regions now have an
opportunity to use the data, which arise from the voices of young people, to drive their efforts to put in place the circumstances – social, economic, health and educational – within which young people can thrive and prosper.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherWHO Regional Office for Europe
Commissioning bodyWHO Regional Office for Europe
Number of pages206
ISBN (Print)9789289071956
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameHealth Policy for Children and Adolescents


  • health services accessibility
  • health status indicators
  • health behaviours
  • socioeconomic factors
  • adolescent
  • child
  • Europe


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