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
SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2015
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..View full abstract
Awarded by Swiss National Science Foundation
The authors wish to acknowledge all the people who were responsible for the HBSC surveys conducted in Switzerland: Yann Le Gauffey in 1994 , Beatrice Janin Jacquat in 1998 , Holger Schmid in 2002 and 2006 [16, 17] and Marina Delgrande Jordan in 2006 . 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.