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Inequalities in Adolescent Health and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study

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  • Yekaterina Chzhen
  • Zlata Bruckauf
  • Kwok Ng
  • Daria Pavlova
  • Torbjorn Torsheim
  • Margarida Gaspar de Matos
  • UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

Abstract

International studies of inequalities in adolescent health tend to focus on the socio-economic gradient in average outcomes rather than their dispersion within countries. Although understanding the extent to which differences in health are related to socio-economic disadvantage is important, focusing exclusively on socio-economic status risks neglecting differences in the distribution of health outcomes within and between countries. To fill this research gap, this study analyses variation in the extent of inequality in the lower half of the distribution in five indicators of adolescent health and well-being – health symptoms, physical activity, healthy eating, unhealthy eating, and life satisfaction – across EU and/or OECD countries that took part in the latest cycle of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study.

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  • Yekaterina Chzhen & Zlata Bruckauf & Kwok Ng & Daria Pavlova & Torbjorn Torsheim & Margarida Gaspar de Matos & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2016. "Inequalities in Adolescent Health and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study," Papers inwopa835, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa835
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