Growing up in Glasgow: the social context of adolescence

Levin, K.A., Walsh, D. and McCartney, G. (2015) Growing up in Glasgow: the social context of adolescence. European Journal of Public Health, 25(3), pp. 464-466. (doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv037) (PMID:25788475)

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The adolescent population of Glasgow, the city with the highest mortality in the UK, has a higher prevalence of risk behaviours than elsewhere in Scotland. Previous research has highlighted the importance of social context in interpreting such differences. Contextual variables from the 2010 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Scotland survey were analysed. Glaswegian adolescents were more likely to live in low socioeconomic status, single-parent or step-families, or with neither parent in employment, less likely to share family meals, more likely to buy lunch outside school, and spend time with friends after school and in the evenings. They also had a poorer perception of their local neighbourhood. Family affluence only partially explained these differences.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Walsh, Dr David
Authors: Levin, K.A., Walsh, D., and McCartney, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:European Journal of Public Health
ISSN (Online):1464-360X
Published Online:18 March 2015

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