Higher prevalence rates of unhealthy behaviours among lower socioeconomic groups contributes substantially to socioeconomic inequalities in health in adults. Preventing the development of these inequalities in unhealthy behaviours early in life is an important strategy to tackle socioeconomic inequalities in health. Little is currently known about health promotion strategies that are particularly effective in lower socioeconomic groups in youth.
Systematic literature review.
- Systematic literature search to identify existing interventions aimed at promoting physical activity, a healthy diet, preventing the uptake of smoking or alcohol, and evaluated in the general adolescent population in Europe. Studies in which indicators of socioeconomic position are included will be reanalysed by socioeconomic position.
- Results summarised by type of behaviour, across behaviours by type of intervention (health education, environmental interventions and policies) and by setting (individual, household, school, and neighbourhood). In addition, assess the degree to which effective interventions can be transferred to other European.
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- De Bourdeaudhuij I, Simon C, De Meester F, Van Lenthe F, Spittales H, Lien N, Faggiano F, Mercken L, Moore L, Haerens L. ‘Are physical activity interventions equally effective in adolescents of low and high socio-economic status (SES): results from the European Teenage project’ Health EducationResearch 2011, 26(1):119-130.
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European Union in the framework of the Public Health Programme