Journal article

Cross-sectional time trends in psychological and somatic health complaints among adolescents: a structural equation modelling analysis of 'Health Behaviour in School-aged Children' data from Switzerland

Michelle Dey, Anthony F Jorm, Andrew J Mackinnon



PURPOSE: This study examined cross-sectional time trends in health complaints among adolescents living in Switzerland, including differences between population subgroups and sources of differential response to items. METHODS: Swiss data were analysed from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC; including 11-15 years old) from 1994 (n = 7008), 1998 (n = 8296), 2002 (n = 9066) and 2006 (n = 9255). Structural equation modelling was used to assess (1) the structure of the HBSC Symptom Checklist (HBSC-SCL; questionnaire, which asks about the frequency of eight health complaints) and (2) associations between the HBSC-SCL with year of data collection and demographic characteristics of t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge all the people who were responsible for the HBSC surveys conducted in Switzerland: Yann Le Gauffey in 1994 [14], Beatrice Janin Jacquat in 1998 [15], Holger Schmid in 2002 and 2006 [16, 17] and Marina Delgrande Jordan in 2006 [17]. We would also like to thank Charlotte Eidenbenz, Natalia Estevez and Ivan Lamorte for their valuable evaluation regarding language differences in items of the HBSC-SCL and Stefan Cvetkovski for his methodological input. Michelle Dey is supported by a fellowship (P2ZHP1_148710) from the Swiss National Science Foundation.