Analysis of the West of Scotland Youth Cohorts for Secular Trends in Risky Behaviours

In addition to its programme of competitively awarded seed grants, SCPHRP commissioned seven needs-based projects during 2008 – 2012, with a focus on  the development of improved data-systems for sensitive population-level monitoring of overall changes in Scottish health status, and trends and patterns in health inequalities, particularly by socio-economic status (SES).
This project reports on changes in the socio-demographic patterning of late adolescent health risk behaviours during the 1990s in the West of Scotland.  Analyses revealed marked increases in the prevalence of most risk behaviours for both genders between 1990 and 2003.
The increases in alcohol consumption, illicit drug use and early sexual intercourse were particularly striking among females, leading to considerable attenuation of the gender differences observed in the earlier cohort.  A second paper is available which is based on analyses of the association between substance use and multiple sexual partners during late adolescence in these same two cohorts, by gender and socioeconomic status.

Publications

a) Sweeting, H., Jackson, C., and Haw, S. (2011) Changes in the socio-demographic patterning of late adolescent health risk behaviours during the 1990s: analysis of two West of Scotland cohort studies. BMC Public Health, 11 . p. 829. ISSN 1471-2458(doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-829) (£0)
b) Jackson, C., Sweeting, H., and Haw, S. (2012) Clustering of substance use and sexual risk behaviour in adolescence: analysis of two cohort studies. BMJ Open, 2012 (1). e000661. ISSN 2044-6055 (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000661) (£0)
 
 

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