Journal article

Preventing socioeconomic inequalities in health behaviour in adolescents in Europe: Background, design and methods of project TEENAGE

Frank J van Lenthe, Ilse de Bourdeaudhuij, Knut-Inge Klepp, Nanna Lien, Laurence Moore, Fabrizio Faggiano, Anton E Kunst, Johan P Mackenbach

BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2009


BACKGROUND: Higher prevalence rates of unhealthy behaviours among lower socioeconomic groups contribute 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 known however, about health promotion strategies particularly effective in lower socioeconomic groups in youth. It is the purpose of project TEENAGE to improve knowledge on the prevention of socioeconomic inequalities in physical activity, diet, smoking and alcohol consumption among adolescents in Europe. This paper describes the background, design and method..

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Awarded by European Union

Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work has been conducted by the authors for the TEENAGE Working Group, which additionally included Willemieke Kroeze, Marieke van Rijs, Femke de Meester, Marianne Wind, Lena Nymoen, Liesbeth Mercken, and Monica Fedele. Project TEENAGE - The prevention of socioeconomic inequalities in health behaviour in adolescents in Europe - has received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Public Health Programme (project-number 2006323).