ERIC Number: EJ1023959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
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Reference Count: 37
Well-Being in Adolescence--An Association with Health-Related Behaviors: Findings from "Understanding Society," the UK Household Longitudinal Study
Booker, Cara L.; Skew, Alexandra J.; Sacker, Amanda; Kelly, Yvonne J.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v34 n4 p518-538 May 2014
The objective of this study was to investigate the demographic distribution of selected health-related behaviors and their relationship with different indicators of well-being. The data come from Wave 1 of the youth panel of "Understanding Society" household panel study. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) measured socio-emotional difficulties. Markers of happiness in different life domains were combined to assess levels of happiness. Generally, younger youth participated in more health-protective behaviors, while older youth reported more health-risk behaviors. Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables and greater participation in sport were associated with higher odds of high happiness. Healthier eating was associated with lower odds of socio-emotional difficulties, while increased fast food consumption was associated with higher odds of socio-emotional difficulties. Smoking, drinking, and decreased sport participation were all associated with socio-emotional difficulties. Health-protective behaviors were associated with happiness, while health-risk behaviors were associated with socio-emotional difficulties.
Descriptors: Well Being, Adolescents, Health Behavior, Emotional Disturbances, Foreign Countries, Eating Habits, Psychological Patterns, Smoking, Drinking, Correlation, Team Sports, Risk, Interpersonal Relationship, Surveys, Family Income, Parent Background, Educational Attainment, Gender Differences, Youth, Statistical Analysis, Longitudinal Studies
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire