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Inequalities in the health behaviour of children and youth: policy and practice

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/9781861346742.003.0009
Inequalities in the health behaviour of children and youth: policy and practice

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This chapter focuses on three significant areas where health behaviour is markedly unequal in children and youth: diet and nutrition, substance abuse, sexual health, together with education and employment. It discusses the evidence base of interventions targeting these areas and recent developments in policy and practice. It suggests that the growing interest in the relationship between childhood disadvantage and adult health has quite rightly addressed the neglect of early life influences in a literature previously dominated by a concentration on adult risk factors for chronic adulthood disease.

Keywords: health behaviour; children; youth; diet and nutrition; substance abuse; sexual health; education; employment; childhood disadvantage; adult health

Chapter.  22799 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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