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Growing up in the unhappy shadow of the economic crisis. Mental health and well-being of the European child and adolescent population

Growing up in the unhappy shadow of the economic crisis. Mental health and well-being of the European child and adolescent population This report from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) highlights existing evidence on the detrimental effect of the ongoing economic crisis and austerity-driven measures on the mental health and well-being outcomes of the European child and adolescent population.The report shows how political choices, made within a framework of fiscal consolidation on many socio-economic determinants of people’s health, have had negative impacts on citizens’ mental health and well-being. The determinants include, for instance, employment status, household income and ability to provide adequate living conditions fundamental to optimal and sustainable human development.Children, as a particularly vulnerable group, are disproportionately affected by declining living standards. The restrictive atmosphere of the crisis, where political and financial choices of many national governments is to cut, rather than invest in early years, means that living standards and social and labour environments for families have been adversely affected.

Categoría:Edad
TipoComunicaciones/Informes/Artículos (individual)
Publicado en ODS2015-01-28

Describing socioeconomic gradients in children’s diets – does the socioeconomic indicator used matter?

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Background: Children of low socioeconomic position (SEP) generally have poorer diets than children of high SEP.However there is no consensus on which SEP variable is most indicative of SEP differences in children’s diets. Thisstudy investigated associations between diet and various SEP indicators among children aged 9–13 years.Method: Families (n = 625) were recruited from 27 Adelaide primary schools in 2010. Children completedsemi-quantitative food frequency questionnaires providing intake scores for fruit, vegetables, non-core foods,sweetened drinks, and healthy and unhealthy eating behaviours. Parents reported demographic information bytelephone interview. Differences in dietary intake scores were compared across parental education, income, occupation,employment status and home postcode.Results: Across most SEP indicators, lower SEP was associated with poorer dietary outcomes, including higher intakeof non-core foods and sweetened drinks, and more unhealthy behaviours; and lower intake of fruit and vegetables,and fewer healthy behaviours. The number and type of significant SEP-diet associations differed across SEP indicatorsand dietary outcomes. Mother’s education appeared most frequently as a predictor of children’s dietary intake, andpostcode was the least frequent predictor of children’s dietary intake.Conclusion: Socioeconomic gradients in children’s dietary intake varied according to the SEP indicator used,suggesting indicator-specific pathways of influence on childre ...

Categoría:Edad
TipoComunicaciones/Informes/Artículos (individual)
Publicado en ODS2014-05-22