Russian launch for Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study's international report: Growing up Unequal

05 Dec 2016

For more than 30 years, the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study has provided information about the health, well-being, social environment and health behaviours of 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds. The launch of the Russian translation of the latest international HBSC report, "Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people's health and well-being", will take place in Moscow, the Russian Federation, on 14 December 2016.

The launch will review the situation in Europe and focus on a discussion of findings about the health of young people in the Russian Federation. The event will highlight trends related to eating behaviours, alcohol and tobacco use, and physical activity, as well as differences between girls and boys at different age groups. Speakers will situate findings within an international context, showing how developments in the health and well-being of Russian adolescents coincide with global trends. International experts will also present how HBSC data findings have informed policy changes in other countries.

Dorothy Currie, Deputy International Coordinator of the HBSC study and Senior Statistician at CAHRU, will present at the launch alongside Programme Managers in Child and Adolescent Health from the World Health Organization.

The report contains data from 42 countries on a range of new topics, such as peer relationships and family support, the school environment, migration, cyberbullying and serious injury, along with the more traditional data on alcohol and tobacco consumption, mental health and nutrition-related behaviour. The report provides data on gender differences and behaviour change in the 11–15-year age group, years that mark a period of increased autonomy that can influence how health and health-related behaviour develops and continues into adulthood.

The report also highlights socioeconomic differences and variations among countries and regions. It identifies opportunities for policy interventions, emphasizing the importance of the wider social context and the effect it can have on young people's health. The launch and the Russian translation of the report are organised with the support of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

HBSC is a WHO collaborative, cross-national study including 45 countries and regions in Europe and North America that is conducted every 4 years. Previous reports can be accessed online.

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

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