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Inequalities in health behaviours and the life trajectories of children and youth: research evidence

Sheena Asthana and Joyce Halliday

in What works in tackling health inequalities?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346742
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304258 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346742.003.0008
Inequalities in health behaviours and the life trajectories of children and youth: research evidence

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This chapter examines the influence of youth culture on social class differences in health behaviours. The findings indicate that problematic risk behaviours such as smoking and hard drug misuse during youth are strongly associated with social deprivation and that dietary patterns during childhood and youth vary significantly according to socio-economic status. It also considers the impact of two factors of the socio-economic trajectories of children and young people: education and the experience of being in care.

Keywords: youth culture; social class differences; health behaviours; smoking; drug misuse; dietary patterns; social deprivation; education; socio-economic status

Chapter.  19838 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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