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Adolescents at Risk

Psychosomatic health complaints, low life satisfaction, excessive sugar consumption and their relationship with cumulative risks
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Author(s)

Sophie D. Walsh; Zlata Bruckauf; Tania Gaspar

 

Publication date: 2016_13

Publication series:
Innocenti Working Papers

No. of pages: 32

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Abstract

Adolescence is a time of transitions when experimentation, risk taking and active peer interactions can be viewed as a part of the development process. Yet, for some groups of young people with reported poor psychosomatic health, low life satisfaction or unhealthy eating habits these experiences may be different. Empirical evidence is limited for recognising the overlapping and cumulative risks of adolescents’ health disadvantage and multiple externalized risk behaviours and outcomes (smoking, drinking, binge drinking, regular fighting, injuries and bullying). Drawing on the most recent 2013/2014 data of the Health Behaviour of School Children (HBSC) study, this paper examines the risks of individual and cumulative risks (three or more types) associated with being in the bottom group of psychosomatic health complaints, life satisfaction and unhealthy eating (excessive sugar consumption) across 29 countries.
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English

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