From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Research Projects

Gender and Health Behaviours

We are studying both the patterns and prevalences of various potentially damaging health behaviours in men and women, as well as trying to explore how the adoption of particular health behaviours may be linked to social constructions of gender.

Publications

2013

Hanewinkel R, Sargent J D, Karlsdottir S, Jonsson S H, Mathis F, Faggiano F, Poelen E A P, Scholte R, Florek E, Sweeting H, Hunt K, Morgenstein M. High youth access to movies that contain smoking in Europe compared with the USA. Tobacco Control 2013;22:241-244

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Morgenstern M, Sargent JD, Engels RC, Scholte RH, Florek E, Hunt K, Sweeting H, Mathis F, Faggiano F, Hanewinkel R. Smoking in movies and adolescent smoking initiation: longitudinal study in six European countries. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013;44:339-344

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Smith E, Sweeting H, Wright C. 'Do I care?' young adults' recalled experiences of early adolescent overweight and obesity: a qualitative study. International Journal of Obesity 2013;37:303-8

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2012

Batty GD, Bhaskar A, Emslie C, Benzeval M, Der G, Lewar H, Hunt K. Association of life course socioeconomic disadvantage with future problem drinking and heavy drinking: gender differentials in the West of Scotland. International Journal of Public Health 2012;57:119-26

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Emslie C, Hunt K, Lyons A. Older and wiser? Men’s and women’s accounts of drinking in early mid-life. Sociology of Health & Illness 2012;34:481-96

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Hanewinkel R, Sargent JD, Poelen EAP, Scholte R, Florek E, Hunt K, Sweeting H, Karlsdottir S, Jonsson SH, Mathis F, Faggiano F, Morgenstein M. Alcohol consumption in movies and adolescent binge drinking: cross-sectional study in six European countries. Pediatrics 2012;129:709-20

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Hunt K, Annandale E. Gender and health volume 4: gender and health behaviours. Abingdon: Routledge, 2012.

Jackson CA, Sweeting H, Haw S. Clustering of substance use and sexual risk behaviour in adolescence: analysis of two cohort studies. BMJ Open 2012;2:e000661

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2011

Gray C M, Hunt K, Lorimer K, Anderson AS, Benzeval M, Wyke S. Words matter: a qualitative investigation of which weight status terms are acceptable and motivate weight loss when used by health professionals. BMC Public Health 2011;11:513

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Hunt K, Henderson M, Wight D, Sargent J D. Exposure to smoking in films and own smoking among Scottish adolescents: a cross-sectional study. Thorax 2011;66:866-74

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Hunt K, Sweeting H, Sargent J, Lewars H, Young R, West P. Is there an association between seeing incidents of alcohol or drug use in films and young Scottish adults' own alcohol or drug use? A cross sectional study. BMC Public Health 2011;11:259

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Lorimer K, Gray CM, Hunt K, Wyke S, Anderson A, Benzeval M. Response to written feedback of clinical data within a longitudinal study: a qualitative study exploring the ethical implications. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2011;11:10

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McCartney G, Mahmood L, Leyland AH, Batty GD, Hunt K. Contribution of smoking-related and alcohol-related deaths to the gender gap in mortality: evidence from 30 European countries. Tobacco Control 2011;20:166-8

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Morgenstern M, Poelen E A, Scholte R, Karlsdottir S, Jonsson S H, Mathis F, Faggiano F, Florek E, Sweeting H, Hunt K, Sargent J D, Hanewinkel R. Smoking in movies and adolescent smoking: cross-cultural study in six European countries. Thorax 2011;66:875-83

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Sweeting H, Jackson C, Haw S. Changes in the socio-demographic patterning of late adolescent health risk behaviours during the 1990s: analysis of two West of Scotland cohort studies. BMC Public Health 2011;11:829

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Sweeting H. No admittance to obese persons [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2011;65:386

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2010

Hunt K, Adamson J, Ebrahim S, Mutrie N. Exercise and the onset of disability in later life. Journal of Aging and Health 2010;22:734-47

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2009

Batty GD, Hunt K, Emslie C, Lewars H, Gale C. Alcohol problems and all-cause mortality in men and women: predictive capacity of a clinical screening tool in a 21 year follow-up of a large, UK-wide, general population-based survey. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2009;66:317-321

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Batty GD, Lewars H, Emslie C, Gale C, Hunt K. Internationally recognised guidelines for 'sensible' alcohol consumption: is exceeding them actually detrimental to health and social circumstances? Evidence from a population-based cohort study. Journal of Public Health 2009;31:360-5

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Emslie C, Lewars H, Batty GD, Hunt K. Are there gender differences in levels of heavy, binge and problem drinking? Evidence from three generations in the West of Scotland. Public Health 2009;123:12-14

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Emslie C, Mitchell R. Are there gender differences in the geography of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland? An ecological study. BMC Public Health 2009;9:58

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Gray C, Anderson A, Dalziel A, Hunt K, Leishman J, Wyke S. Addressing male obesity: an evaluation of a group-based weight management intervention for Scottish men. Journal of Men's Health and Gender 2009;6:70-81

Hunt K, France E, Ziebland S, Field K, Wyke S. 'My brain couldn't move from planning a birth to planning a funeral' a qualitative study of parents' experiences of decisions after ending a pregnancy for fetal abnormality. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2009;46:1111-21.

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Hunt K, Sweeting H, Sargent J, Lewars H, Dal Cin S, Worth K. An examination of the association between seeing smoking in films and tobacco use in young adults in the West of Scotland: cross-sectional study. Health Education Research 2009;24:22-31

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O'Brien R, Hunt K, Hart GJ. ‘The average Scottish man has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, lying there with a portion of chips’: prospects for change in Scottish men’s constructions of masculinity and their health-related beliefs and behaviours. Critical Public Health 2009;19:363-81

2008

Batty GD, Deary IJ, Schoon I, Emslie C, Hunt K, Gale C. Childhood mental ability and adult alcohol intake and alcohol problems: the 1970 British Cohort Study. American Journal of Public Health 2008;98:2237-43

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Batty GD, Lewars H, Emslie C, Benzeval M, Hunt K. Problem drinking and exceeding guidelines for 'sensible' alcohol consumption in Scottish men: associations with life course socioeconomic disadvantage in a population-based cohort study. BMC Public Health 2008;8:302

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Elliot R. Women and smoking since 1890. Abingdon: Routledge, 2008.

Emslie C, Hunt K. The weaker sex? Exploring lay understandings of gender differences in life expectancy: a qualitative study. Social Science & Medicine 2008;67:808-16

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2007

Emslie C, Whyte F, Campbell A, Mutrie N, Lee L, Ritchie D, Kearney N. 'I wouldn't have been interested in just sitting round a table talking about cancer' exploring the experiences of women with breast cancer in a group exercise trial. Health Education Research 2007;22:827-38

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Hunt K. Understanding gender and health: systematically comparing the health and health experiences of men and women [PhD], MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit 2007.

Mutrie N, Campbell A, Whyte F, McConnachie A, Emslie C, Lee L, Kearney N, Walker A, Ritchie D. Benefits of supervised group exercise programme for women being treated for early stage breast cancer: pragmatic randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2007;334:517-20

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2006

Adamson J, Ebrahim S, Dieppe P, Hunt K. Prevalence and risk factors for joint pain among men and women in the West of Scotland Twenty-07 study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2006;65:520-524

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Elliot R. 'Because everybody did it then': smoking among women in Britain 1930-2000 from oral history sources. Women's History Review 2006;15:297-322

Hunt K, Sweeting H, Keoghan M, Platt S. Sex, gender role orientation, gender role attitudes and suicidal thoughts in three generations: a general population study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2006;41:641-7

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Scanlon K, Harding S, Hunt K, Petticrew M, Rosato M, Williams R. Potential barriers to the prevention of cancers and to early cancer detection among Irish people living in Britain: a qualitative study. Ethnicity & Health 2006;11:325-341

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Townsend A, Wyke S, Hunt K. Self-managing and managing self: practical and moral dilemmas in accounts of living with chronic illness. Chronic Illness 2006;2:185-194

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2004

Hunt K, Hannah MK, West P. Contextualizing smoking: masculinity, femininity and class differences in smoking in men and women from three generations in the West of Scotland. Health Education Research 2004;19:239-249.

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2002

Emslie C, Hunt K, Macintyre S. How similar are the smoking and drinking habits of men and women in non-manual jobs?. European Journal of Public Health 2002;12:22-28

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Hunt K. Re-evaluating gender and smoking in Thunderbirds thirty five years on. Tobacco Control 2002;11:151-153

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2001

Elliot R. Destructive but sweet: cigarette smoking among women 1890-1990 [PhD], 2001.

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Hunt K, Ford G, Mutrie N. Is sport for all? Exercise and physical activity patterns in early and late middle age in the West of Scotland. Health Education 2001;101:151-158

McConnachie A, Hunt K, Emslie C, Hart C, Watt G. 'Unwarranted survivals' and 'anomalous deaths' from coronary heart disease: prospective survey of general population. BMJ 2001;323:1487-1491

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2000

Hunt K, Davison C, Emslie C, Ford G. Are perceptions of a family history of heart disease related to health-related attitudes and behaviours?. Health Education Research 2000;15:131-143

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Hunt K, Emslie C, Watt G. Barriers rooted in biography: how interpretations of family patterns of heart disease and early life experiences may undermine behavioural change in mid-life. In: Graham H, editor Understanding health inequalities. Buckingham: Open University Press, 2000:113-126.

1998

Graham H, Hunt K. Socioeconomic influences on women's smoking status in adulthood: insights from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 study. Health Bulletin 1998;56:51-58

1994

Anderson AS, Hunt K, Ford G, Finnigan F. One apple a day? Fruit and vegetable intake in the West of Scotland. Health Education Research 1994;9:297-305

1992

Anderson AS, Hunt K. Who are the 'healthy' eaters? Eating patterns and health promotion in the West of Scotland. Health Education Journal 1992;51:3-10