Preventing health inequalities widening among teenagers in Europe

Lead investigator
Professor Laurence Moore,

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.

Aims & objectives
To improve knowledge on the prevention of socioeconomic inequalities in physical activity, diet, smoking and alcohol consumption among adolescents in Europe.
Study design

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.
Further information & publications
Start date
January 2007
End date
August 2010

European Union in the framework of the Public Health Programme