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

Media, New Media and Health

We are currently developing work around gender and the media.

Images of smoking in films and tobacco use among young adults
Studies show an association between smoking viewed in films and smoking initiation in early adolescence.  In 11 to 16 & 16+ at age 19, we found no association in either sex (Hunt, Sweeting, Sargent, Lewars, Dal Cin, and Worth 2009).  We speculated that this discrepancy with findings from the US and Germany could reflect greater media literacy in older adolescents, the influence of other media (e.g. TV) images of smoking, or greater ubiquity of real-life smoking in Scotland. We are currently investigating these associations in 14-15 year olds using data being collected for the Healthy Respect 2 study.

Young people’s interpretations of media portrayals of health (PhD project: Jane Hartley)
Ongoing PhD research is using qualitative methods to investigate how young people interpret media portrayals of health behaviours and how this relates to their conceptualisations of what is appropriate for themselves and the opposite sex, and their understandings of romantic relationships.

Publications

2014

Hanewinkel R, Sargent JD, Hunt K, Sweeting S, Engels RCME, Scholte RHJ, Mathis F, Florek E, Morgenstern M. Portrayal of alcohol consumption in movies and drinking initiation in low-risk adolescents. Pediatrics 2014;133:1-10

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Morgenstern M, Sargent JD, Sweeting H, Faggiano F, Mathis F, Hanewinkel R. Favourite alcohol advertisements and binge drinking among adolescents: a cross-cultural cohort study. Addiction 2014;109:2005-2015

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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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2012

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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Sweeting H, Bhaskar A, Hunt K. Positive associations between consumerism and tobacco and alcohol use in early adolescence: cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001446

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Sweeting H, Hunt K, Bhaskar A. Consumerism and well-being in early adolescence. Journal of Youth Studies 2012;15:802-20

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2011

Fergie G. Young people’s engagement with health online [MSc], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2011.

Hartley J. Do media portrayals of drinking and sexual/romantic relationships shape constructions of gendered identities among teenagers? [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2011.

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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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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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Wyke S, Entwistle V, France E F, Hunt K, Jepson R, Thompson A, Ziebland S. Information for choice: what people need, prefer and use. Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme. London, 2011

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2009

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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2002

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

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