We are happy to announce the online publication of a study on the change of the socioeconomic gradient in health-related behaviour in adolescents in Slovakia. This article is written by Lukas Pitel, Andrea Madarasova Geckova, Sijmen A. Reijneveld and Jitse P. van Dijk and is published with Open Access, which means you can download it for free in html or pdf format!
The study, entitled “Socioeconomic gradient shifts in health-related behaviour among Slovak adolescents between 1998 and 2006″ collected data on smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity from Slovak adolescents in 1998 and 2006 using similar methodologies.
The authors report that the socioeconomic differences in smoking decreased among boys but increased among girls, with girls coming from low socioeconomic background smoking more.
The socioeconomic differences in alcohol consumption disappeared among girls, while their absence persisted among boys.
Looking at physical activity, the socioeconomic differences increased among boys while the small differences that had been originally observed among girls disappeared.
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