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 45 countries across Europe and North America.

Latest news

WHO/HBSC Obesity Report published
17 May 2017

Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014 A new WHO/HBSC report 'Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014' was published today, Wednesday 17 May at the European…

CAHRU welcomes Adele Piper
19 Apr 2017

CAHRU is delighted to welcome Adele Piper to our team. Her background is in public health, specialising in child and family weight management multi-component (exercise, nutrition and behaviour change) programmes. She takes on the role of HBSC Assistant International Network Coordinator.