Health asset profiles and health indicators among 13- and 15-year-old adolescents
Paakkari, L., Torppa, M., Välimaa, R., Villberg, J., Ojala, K., & Tynjälä, J. (2019). Health asset profiles and health indicators among 13- and 15-year-old adolescents. International Journal of Public Health, 64(9), 1301-1311. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-019-01280-7
Published inInternational Journal of Public Health
© The Author(s) 2019
Objectives: We examined the associations between adolescents’ health assets and various health indicators (smoking, alcohol use, sleep length, physical activity, healthy eating, oral health, self-reported health, multiple health complaints). Methods: A nationally representative sample was drawn from Finnish-speaking schools, comprising 13- and 15-year-old adolescents (n = 3833). The measures taken covered the adolescents’ health assets, which were labelled Family-financial, Psychological, Family-social, Friends-social, School-social, and Human. Our analysis applied two-step cluster analysis and multilevel mixed-effects binary logistic regression. Results: Six asset profiles were identified: ‘Limited in most assets, despite medium affluence’, ‘Mostly average assets, but low affluence’, ‘Mostly average assets, though high affluence’, ‘Mostly above average assets’, ‘Rich in most assets’, and ‘Rich in all assets’. There were significant differences between the profiles in terms of risk level and desirable level health outcomes. Conclusions: Adolescents differ in their asset profiles. Having multiple health assets appears to protect adolescents from risky behaviour or poor health, and to promote positive health. There is a need for health initiatives to develop a range of health-protecting and health-promoting assets, rather than focus on only one. ...
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Research costs of Academy Research Fellow, AoF; Academy Research Fellow, AoF
Additional information about fundingThe research was funded by Ministry of Social affairs and Health, Juho Vainio Foundation, and Academy of Finland (#276239, #284439, and #313768).
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Associations of temperament types and gender of early adolescents and teachers with adolescents’ school well‐being Puonti, Ville; Hirvonen, Riikka; Kiuru, Noona (Wiley, 2021)This study examined the role of temperament type and gender of adolescents and teachers in adolescents’ well‐being in school. The sample consisted of 677 Finnish students and 56 classroom teachers. Parents rated adolescent ...
Group music therapy with adolescent asylum seekers at a temporary reception center : a phenomenological study Mbeutcha, Alexis (2020)The purpose of this phenomenological study was to; (1) explore the experience of teenage asylum-seekers as they went through 20 sessions of group music therapy while waiting for the resolution of the asylum claims at the ...
Is physical activity associated with low-risk health behaviours among 15-year-old adolescents in Finland? Vuori, Mika; Kannas, Lasse; Villberg, Jari; Ojala, Kristiina; Tynjälä, Jorma; Välimaa, Raili (Sage, 2012)Aims: To investigate the associations between physical activity and the pattern of risk health behaviour consisting of smoking, alcohol consumption, snuff (snus), cannabis and condom use among 15-year-old adolescents, ...
Potrebny, Thomas; Torsheim, Torbjørn; Due, Pernille; Välimaa, Raili; Suominen, Sakari; Eriksson, Charli (Universitetsforlaget, 2019)Background: Excellent self-rated health (SRH) can be seen as an important component of positive health among adolescents. The aim of this paper is to examine time trends of excellent health among adolescents in five Nordic ...
Inequalities in Adolescent Health and Life Satisfaction : Evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Study Chzhen, Yekaterina; Bruckauf, Zlata; Ng, Kwok; Pavlova, Daria; Torsheim, Torbjorn; Matos, Margarida Gaspar de (UNICEF, Office of Research, 2016)