The association between family and community social capital and health risk behaviours in young people: an integrative review

Kerri McPherson, Susan Kerr, Elizabeth McGee, Antony Morgan, Francine Cheater, Jennifer McLean, James Egan

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Abstract

Health risk behaviours known to result in poorer outcomes in adulthood are generally established in late childhood and adolescence. These ‘risky’ behaviours include smoking, alcohol and illicit drug use and sexual risk taking. While the role of social capital in the establishment of health risk behaviours in young people has been explored, to date, no attempt has been made to consolidate the evidence in the form of a review. Thus, this integrative review was undertaken to identify and synthesise research findings on the role and impact of family and community social capital on health risk behaviours in young people and provide a consolidated evidence base to inform multi-sectorial policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume13
Issue number971
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • community
  • health risks
  • social capital

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