Marttila-Tornio, K., Ruotsalainen, H., Miettunen, J. et al. Association Between Psychosocial Problems and Unhealthy Health Behavior Patterns Among Finnish Adolescents. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev 51, 699–708 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-020-00967-w
Association between psychosocial problems and unhealthy health behavior patterns among Finnish adolescents
|Author:||Marttila-Tornio, Kaisa1; Ruotsalainen, Heidi1; Miettunen, Jouko2;|
1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202101222399
|Publish Date:|| 2021-01-22
The aim of the study was to investigate how psychosocial problems in childhood and adolescence associate with an unhealthy health behavior pattern among adolescents in Northern Finland. The study population consisted of 4350 participants, drawn from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 Study. Health behavior patterns were assessed in adolescence and psychosocial problems in childhood and adolescence. Logistic regression analyses were performed to determine the associations. Several psychosocial problems predicted greater likelihood of engaging in unhealthy health behavior pattern. Externalizing problems in childhood predicted greater likelihood of engaging in unhealthy behavior patterns for girls. For both genders, externalizing problems and inattention in adolescence were associated with unhealthy health behavior patterns. Boys and girls with externalizing problems both in childhood and adolescence had an increased risk of unhealthy patterns. Psychosocial problems contribute to unhealthy lifestyles and should therefore be acknowledged when designing and targeting health promotion strategies aimed at adolescents.
Child psychiatry & human development
|Pages:||699 - 708|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
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This study was funded by Juho Vainio Foundation. Open access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
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