Established in 2000, CAHRU is dedicated to improving understanding of child and adolescent health in Scotland.

Cross-national comparisons and evaluation of health-related programmes and interventions are core aspects of our work and particular attention is given to young people's perceptions and the influence of social context. The effects of family, peers, socioeconomic circumstances and school are considered in relation to key determinants of health including physical activity, smoking, risk behaviours and mental health. The Unit has an important role as the International Coordinating Centre of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) World Health Organisation Collaborative Cross-national Study, which at present involves 43 countries across Europe and North America.

Latest news

New colleagues join CAHRU
18 May 2016

CAHRU is delighted to welcome two new members of staff to the team this month. Laura Caven joins from the National Union of Students Scotland and Panagiota Spanou from the University of St Andrews Residential and Business Services. Both will be working for the HBSC International Coordinating…

CAHRU present HBSC findings to Scottish Government
26 Apr 2016

The Scottish HBSC team from CAHRU were invited to Scottish Government HQ in Leith today. Jo Inchley, Ross Whitehead and Dorothy Currie presented findings from the International Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Jo Inchley presented data from adolescents in 42 European and North…