Journal article

Social Development Measures Associated with Problem Behaviours and Weight Status in Australian Adolescents

Joanne W Williams, Louise Canterford, John W Toumbourou, George C Patton, Richard F Catalano



During the adolescent years, substance use, anti-social behaviours and overweight/obesity are amongst the major public health concerns. We investigate if risk and protective factors associated with adolescent problem behaviours and substance use are also associated with weight status in young Australian adolescents. Data comes from the 2006 Healthy Neighbourhoods study, a cross-sectional survey of students attending primary (grade 6, mean age 11) and secondary (grade 8, mean age 12) schools in 30 communities across Australia. Adolescents were classified as not overweight, overweight or obese according to international definitions. Logistic and linear regression analyses, adjusted for age, ge..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

We wish to acknowledge the research staff who worked on the project: Rachel Smith, Rosemary Austin, Jessica Palmer, Hannah Jeans and Janice Stenton. In particular, we thank the students who participated in the survey and their parents for consent to allow their child to take part and the Healthy Neighbourhoods study which was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (Project Grant No. 334304). GP is funded by an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship.