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Glasgow local group meeting report: Health behaviour in school-aged children study 1983-2013

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The RSS Glasgow local group committee organised four events in 2013 all of which were tagged as events of the International Year of Statistics. This meeting was held on 23 May 2013 at the University of Glasgow. 13 people attended the event.

Dorothy Currie and Kate Levin from the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit at the University of St Andrews came to present work about the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study. This WHO funded collaboration is a survey of adolescent health in 42 countries; it has been running from 1983-2013.

Dorothy outlined the complex nature of the survey and highlighted some statistical challenges, including sampling strategies, systematic data collection, cross-cultural differences and validation of common indicators. She then presented some key findings from the International Report which included a neat way of summarising the information across countries, highlighting differences by affluence and gender.

Kate presented a summary of the substantive findings from the survey, both Scottish focused and international comparative work. The most striking aspect was the breadth and depth of analyses output from the survey; from the impact of sharing a meal as a family on adolescent health to a multilevel study, from 35 countries, on family affluence and life satisfaction.

International year of statistics Glasgow local group

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